"Well, there's a lot of mixed feelings. It's very emotional just being here, knowing what took place. You're right, there is a lot of anxiety as to how things will play out. I just hope there's justice."
The mood was somber at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis as the nation awaits a verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin.
Located at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and 38th Street, the square has become a symbol of peace and justice with hundreds of flowers placed all over as a tribute to Floyd and other victims of police shootings.
And emotions are running high as the verdict looms in the Chauvin trial.
"This is a pinnacle for Black history, along with American history, so just a little anxious awaiting the results, myself," Antonio told The Associated Press.
"Well, there's a lot of mixed feelings. It's very emotional just being here, knowing what took place. You're right, there is a lot of anxiety as to how things will play out. I just hope there's justice," Tracy Hibbard, a resident of Eau Claire, Wisconsin said.
Minneapolis has come to epitomize America's debate over police killings.
Concrete barriers, chain-link fences and barbed wire now ring parts of downtown Minneapolis so that authorities can quickly close off the courthouse where the trial is being held.
More than 3,000 National Guard soldiers, along with police officers, state police, sheriff's deputies and other law enforcement personnel have flooded the city in recent days.
The jury resumed deliberations Tuesday morning after spending a few hours Monday discussing the case behind closed doors.
Derek Chauvin faces murder and manslaughter charges.