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Cities across the US brace for George Floyd verdict

Cities across the United States are bracing for a verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, with Chicago Police allegedly telling units to 'get gas if needed' on Monday afternoon. 

The 12-person jury is expected to deliver its verdict Monday afternoon after just 10 hours of deliberations.  

Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder over the death of unarmed black man George Floyd in Minneapolis last Memorial Day, which sparked widespread Black Lives Matter protests. 

While Minneapolis has been fortified for the duration of the two-week trial - with fences erected and buildings bordered up -  there are fears of unrest all across the nation if a not guilty verdict is returned. 

In addition to Stoll News reporting that the Chicago Police appear prepared with tear gas to disrupt large crowds,  Portland Mayor Ted has called for calm. 

'It's my hope that regardless of the jury's decision, Portlanders will respond with the safety of their neighbors in mind,' he stated before the verdict was handed down. 

Elsewhere, tens of thousands of New Yorkers are planning to hit the streets -regardless of the verdict. 

Largescale protests are planned in both Brooklyn and Manhattan tonight, with one rally kicking off at Times Square from 6pm. 

Police helicopters could be heard hovering over the city shortly before 5pm. 

A nation on edge: Cities across the United States are bracing for a verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, with Chicago Police allegedly telling units to 'get gas if needed' on Monday afternoon. BLM protesters are seen in Chicago last Friday

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