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Minneapolis, and America, brace for Chauvin verdict as jury deliberates, Mondale dies and a historical apology

Walter Mondale, former vice president and champion of progressive politics, dies at 93.
Image: National Guard members are seen through fencing and wire near the Minneapolis Police 3rd Precinct in Minneapolis
National Guard members are seen through fencing and wire near the Minneapolis Police 3rd Precinct on Monday after the murder trial against former police Officer Derek Chauvin advanced to jury deliberations.Julio Cortez / AP

Good morning, NBC News readers.

While jurors deliberate the fate of Derek Chauvin, the country is bracing for the verdict's fallout. Former vice president and liberal champion Walter Mondale has died. And Montanans get another grim reminder of the danger of grizzlies.

Here's what we're watching this Tuesday morning.

Minneapolis, and the nation, anxiously await Chauvin verdict

With jury deliberations underway in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged with murder in George Floyd's death, the eyes of the nation are now on Minneapolis as the country braces for a verdict.

A heavy and armed military presence could be seen across the city and many businesses were boarded up in anticipation of unrest when a verdict is announced, but local law enforcement agencies and community leaders have pleaded with the public to protest peacefully.

"We want peaceful assembly. We want peaceful protest," Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said at a news conference Monday. "We know that we have a city that is mourning. That they're in grief. The last thing that we want to do is turn this thing into an enforcement situation."

For now, the case is in the hands of the jury. Here's what to expect from their deliberations.

Interestingly, in a case that sparked a global movement against police violence and systematic racism, prosecutors emphasized a pro-police stance during their closing arguments.

"To be very clear, this case is called the 'State of Minnesota vs. Derek Chauvin,' this case is not called the 'State of Minnesota vs. the police,' prosecutor Steven Schleicher told the jury during his closing remarks Monday. "This is not an anti-police prosecution, it’s a pro-police prosecution."

Meantime, Chauvin's defense team argued there was "absolutely no evidence that Officer Chauvin intentionally, purposefully applied unlawful force." Read highlights from the closing arguments here.

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Tuesday's top stories

Image: Candidates Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale stand with their wives at a 1976 Democratic Convention press conference.
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