Minneapolis Braces for Mass Protests as George Floyd Trials Begin

Minneapolis authorities anticipate more unrest ahead of Derek Chauvin’s trial beginning March 8. 

Chauvin faces second-degree murder and manslaughter charges nearly a year after George Floyd’s death. 

On May 25, 2020, Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for several minutes while stating he could not breathe. As video of a white officer violently appending and killing a Black man surfaced, national and international protests against police brutality and racism surged. 

Authorities have announced they’re preparing for more unrest, regardless of the ruling. This plan includes the start of their new task force, Operation Safety Net, a task force designed to specifically reinforce safety during the trial. 

Additionally authorities have also included nearly a dozen law enforcement and health agencies in their safety measures. 

=The city expects to spend $515,000 to fortify Minneapolis’ five police precinct stations and spend $1 million on fences and barricades during the trial. 

John Elder, Public Information Officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, said, “We had a great deal of civil unrest last year, and it was a level of violence and unrest that this city has never seen. In law enforcement, you plan for the worst and hope for the best. We owe it to the residents, businesses and visitors to have a plan in place.” 

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