There are 3,000 National Guard troops deployed in Minneapolis and St Paul, often known collectively as the Twin Cities, in Minnesota.
There were huge protests across the cities last May after George Floyd was killed and throughout the summer, some of which spilled over into violence, especially initially.
The region has been on edge not only about whether there will be violent unrest but also whether justice will be done in the death of Floyd, one of so many Black people killed by police in America.
Just nine days ago, police in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center shot dead 20-year-old Daunte Wright after a traffic stop.
The Twin Cities have been heavily fortified for weeks, with law enforcement, razor wire, concrete barriers, multi-layer high fences and no-go areas everywhere.
Judge Peter Cahill even said that if the verdict came in in the evening that it would not be read until the day after, to avoid a verdict being read after dark and sparking dangerous protests.
But here we are on a chilly, cloudy afternoon in Minnesota, where snow flurries and brisk winds have kept protesters who have been outside the court throughout the trial, and lately in Brooklyn Center, chilled to the bone.