Minneapolis was a city of protest and remembrance during the first days of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former police officer who is on trial in the death of George Floyd, the Black man whose neck he knelt on for more than nine minutes during an arrest last May.

Only a handful of people have been allowed into the courtroom of the Hennepin County Government Center. But outside, others chained themselves to fences, carried banners and knelt in memoriam — echoes of the protests that erupted last summer after a cellphone video of Mr. Floyd’s death was published online.

Others watched from afar in barber shops, in convenience stores and on cellphones. A woman took a moment to reflect at a bonfire Monday near where Mr. Floyd was killed, an area that has become both a memorial and a complicated symbol of race and policing in America.

Here are the scenes from across the city of Minneapolis during the first week of the trial.

Aidan Gardiner


Cup Foods, a convenience store where Mr. Floyd was killed, has since become a memorial.

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Ben Crump, a lawyer for Mr. Floyd’s family, left, and the civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton, right, kneeling outside the courthouse on Monday.

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Activists out on Hiawatha Avenue, where students from South High School in Minneapolis were hanging a banner in support of George Floyd from the Martin Olav Sabo Bridge.

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Medics hanging Black Lives Matter flags outside the courthouse.

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Chalk art on a street near where Mr. Floyd was killed.

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Protesters marching in Robbinsdale, Minn., on Thursday.

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More demonstrators in Robbinsdale.

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The trial played on television screens at The Urban Touch Barbers & Salon in Minneapolis.

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Elliot Wachs, one of several activists who chained themselves to the fence outside of the Hennepin County Government Center throughout the week.

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Courtney Ross, Mr. Floyd’s girlfriend, left, laid candles near where he died. In tearful testimony on Thursday, she described their shared struggle with addiction, their first kiss and his nickname for her: “Mama.”

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A quiet morning at the “Say Their Names Cemetery,” a public art installation remembering Black people killed by police.

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Posters of victims of police violence lined the barrier outside the Hennepin County Government Center.

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A woman walked past buildings in downtown Minneapolis that were boarded up in anticipation of the trial.

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Hundreds of people gathered near the courthouse for the first day of the trial on Monday.

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A group of student activists from South High School in Minneapolis hung a banner in support of George Floyd from the Martin Olav Sabo Bridge over Hiawatha Avenue.

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Activists hold a sign commemorating others who have been killed by the police.

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Mr. Floyd repeatedly told officers, “I can’t breathe,” as they pinned him to the ground.

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