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The Backstory: What our journalists on the streets of Minneapolis saw and heard as the Derek Chauvin verdict was announced

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I’m USA TODAY editor-in-chief Nicole Carroll, and this is The Backstory, insights into our biggest stories of the week. If you’d like to get The Backstory in your inbox every week, sign up here.

Wednesday’s stunning front-page image of a couple embracing in George Floyd Square after the Derek Chauvin verdict almost didn’t happen.

Photojournalist Harrison Hill originally was part of the media pack clustered in front of the Floyd mural, near the Cup Foods store in Minneapolis, where Floyd allegedly tried to use a counterfeit $20 bill. A clerk who called the police started the chain of events that ended in the Black man’s murder by a white policeman.

After Tuesday’s verdict, people at the mural were crying, celebrating. But the scene was cluttered, with photographers jostling for position. 



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