'America is on trial': Vigils, rallies held in George Floyd’s honor ahead of Derek Chauvin trial

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Fencing and concrete barriers encircle the county government center. Nearby businesses are boarded up. And the intersection at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, where George Floyd died, remains closed to traffic.

But the Rev. Billy G. Russell welcomed Minneapolis residents into his church Sunday night for a prayer service.

“We’re trying to get on the front end of all of this to prepare peoples’ minds and hearts for what’s about to happen,” said Russell, pastor at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. “Everybody’s on edge right now.”

Ten months since…

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