States Prepare For Potential Unrest In Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict
An update in the Derek Chauvin trial… Yesterday, after a day of closing arguments, the jury in the trial deliberated for about four hours before retiring for the night. Attorneys from both sides are seeking to distill three weeks of testimony in order to convince jurors to acquit or convict Chauvin on second and third degree murder and manslaughter charges in George Floyd’s death. This morning, the jury resumed deliberation for the first full day. The Minnesota National Guard has been activated as part of Operation Safety Net. On Sunday, two National Guard members sustained injuries after they were fired upon in a drive-by shooting. One sustained injuries from shattered glass and required medical care at a local hospital, the other had superficial injuries. Governor Tim Walz declared a State of Emergency last night in the counties around Minneapolis in preparation of the verdict. Walz held a news conference to lay out his plans to maintain security and said the state is bringing in police backup from Nebraska and Ohio. The Minnesota Senate approved $9 million in emergency funding to deal with potential unrest.