Chauvin trial reaction: ‘Victim-blaming’ and an international perspective 

A picture of a man on a necklace.
Brandon Williams, nephew of George Floyd, wears photo of his uncle around his neck during a press conference for Daunte Wright's family in Minneapolis on Tuesday.
Evan Frost | MPR News

Closing arguments are expected Monday in the murder and manslaughter trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, and people around the world are reflecting on what they’ve learned from watching it unfold. 

MPR News host Angela Davis talks about the national and international interest in the trial. She will looks at how “victim-blaming” played a role in the trial and how certain messages have affected the communities watching it.


  • Oliver Laughland is the U.S. southern bureau chief for The Guardian and has been covering the Chauvin trial from Minneapolis. He was a lead reporter on the Guardian’s award winning project “The Counted”, which tracked every officer involved death in the US between 2015 and 2016.

  • Samuel Simmons is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor who has more than 30 years of experience working with Black men as a behavioral consultant.

  • Laura Niemi is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Cornell University whose research examines moral psychology and its application in everyday life. 

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