DC Police will activate their entire police department next week, anticipating protests regarding a verdict to the Derek Chauvin murder trial.
Chauvin is a former Minneapolis police officer currently standing trial for the death of George Floyd in May 2020. Floyd’s death, after Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than 9 minutes, became a catalyst for nationwide protests that drew thousands to “Black Lives Matter” protests.
In June, the government utilized unmarked Bureau of Prisons riot officers and a National Guard helicopter to disperse crowds.
WUSA9 obtained an internal MPD email informing the department that, beginning April 19, MPD would be “fully activated to support expected First Amendment demonstrators. All members should be prepared to work extended tours as necessary.”
In order to accomplish that, the department said all leak and optional sick days would be cancelled, and all sworn members of the department must begin a 12-hour schedule on Monday.
Closing arguments for Chauvin’s trial will begin on Monday, after which the jury will enter deliberations until a verdict is reached.
Chauvin faces three charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. If found guilty, he could face up to 40 years in prison.