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By Brad Brooks (Reuters) – The trial and conviction of former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd came with America at a crossroads, a moment of anguish, but also of possibility, which historians and activists compared to the Civil Rights era.

From policing and race relations to the criminal justice system, the three-week trial of Derek Chauvin became “a symbol and stand-in for our emotions, our fears and our hopes surrounding this whole set of issues,” said David Greenberg, a professor of history and media studies at Rutgers University. The audience for the trial wa…

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