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Black teenagers brace for return of trauma

N’dea Yancey-Bragg USA TODAY

MINNEAPOLIS – When Black teenagers talk about how George Floyd’s death affected them, many use the same word: trauma.

Floyd’s death, on top of other highprofile police killings of Black Americans in recent years, was painful for many people of color, and Black people in particular.

As protests died down and attention faded, trauma lingered for Black teenagers in the city where he was killed. Many were already afraid of interacting with police. They’re anxious about the outcome of the trial and the potential for more violence if former police officer Derek Chauvin is acquitted.

Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

“I haven’t really even fully dealt with it,” said Marcus Hunter, 17, who lives in North Minneapolis.

As he talked about the fear he felt during the riots that followed some of the protests last summer, 17 gunshots rung out on a nearby street, another reminder of the violence that rocked Minneapolis. He paused to alert his guardians, so they could call the police, which has become a routine.

Before Floyd’s death, Hunter had


“There’s this worry about what happens next. It’s hard to really process.”

Jason Clopton

Minneapolis-based mental health counselor who works with Black youth and families



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