U.S. Cities Prepare For Protests And Civil Unrest Ahead Of Jury Deliberations In The Derek Chauvin Trial
Jury deliberations in the Derek Chauvin Trial are set to begin this week and many cities across the U.S. are preparing for protests and civil unrest. Closing arguments are being delivered today in the trial. In preparation of the official announcement, Minneapolis Public Schools are moving to remote learning beginning Wednesday according to Superintendent Ed Graff. In a letter sent to students he said “the racism and violence that has been highlighted in these tragic incidents may be widely discussed among some students in our schools.” Also in Minneapolis, crews have installed razor wire around the police building downtown and similar measures were taken at other precincts. National guard troops have also been deployed. The Hennepin County Government Center has been surrounded by fencing and barricades since the start of jury selection last month. In other parts of the United States, Los Angeles has stepped up it’s force and San Francisco canceled all days off for officers and deployed additional officers. The Atlanta Police Department issued a statement saying it’s coordinating efforts with local, state and federal law enforcement and police in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. are also preparing for protests. Minneapolis is already seeing nightly protests due to the fatal shooting of 20 year old Daunte Wright by a police officer last weekend and Chicago is also seeing night time violence after authorities released body cam footage from the death of 13 year old Adam Toledo.