As the nation anxiously awaits a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, the city of Minneapolis is gearing up for some tense days and weeks ahead.
Jury deliberations will begin following closing arguments, which are slated for Monday.
“Minneapolis is waking up to images of an occupied city on Monday, as the city and the world await a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial,” Axios reports.
The report references ‘Operation Safety Net,’ a program months in the making, which is designed to prevent “large-scale violent civil disturbances, assaultive actions, property damage, fires, and looting to government buildings, businesses, and critical infrastructure.”
Axios reveals that residents on Monday morning who were out running everyday errands were encountering “heavily-armed National Guard troops stationed throughout the city.”
The New York Times reports that over 3,000 troops are stationed in the Twin Cities, with more on standby.
The Operation Safety Net website indicates there was a “drive-by shooting” on Sunday directed at members of the National Guard.
“A light-colored SUV fired several shots at an Operation Safety Net security team providing neighborhood security,” they report. “No team members were seriously injured. Two National Guard members did sustain minor injuries from the incident.”
Meanwhile, a witness for the defense who testified at the trial that he believed Chauvin was justified in his use of force on George Floyd had his former home vandalized.
The Santa Rosa Police Department in California claim retired police officer Barry Brodd was “targeted” for his testimony.
Fox News is reporting that Brodd’s home “was vandalized with a pig’s head and blood smears.”
Axios informs their readers that part of the tension involves last week’s “crime spree” which was fueled by protests over the officer-involved shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man who had an open warrant for his arrest related to an aggravated robbery attempt, according to court records.
Over 140 businesses in Minneapolis were damaged.
“Businesses across the city were burglarized, vandalized and looted,” they reported. “Cell phone stores, gas stations, pharmacies, liquor stores and tobacco shops were the most commonly hit.”
We also saw rioting, looting, and arson for months after the incident involving Chauvin first was revealed to the public.
While Minneapolis resembles an “occupied city” due to concerns of violence, Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters poured gasoline on the fire when she encouraged protesters to “get more confrontational” and “stay in the street” if the jury fails to render a guilty verdict in the Chauvin trial.
Several lawmakers and media members have called on Waters to be impeached or removed from Congress over her comments.
“We don’t know how long the jury deliberations will take,” Axios writes. “But expect tense days and weeks ahead.”
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