Minneapolis Transformed Into An ‘Occupied City’ As Verdict In Chauvin Trial Looms

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.

RELATED: Calls Mount To Expel Maxine Waters From Congress Over ‘Dangerous Rhetoric’

Chauvin Trial Already Leading To Violence?

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.”

RELATED: Pelosi Tries To Distance Herself From Rashida Tlaib’s Call To Abolish Policing

Ready For A Crime Spree?

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.”


Now is the time to support and share the sources you trust.
The Political Insider ranks #16 on Feedspot’s “Top 70 Conservative Political Blogs, Websites & Influencers in 2021.”


Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

Recent Posts

Whole Foods CEO And ‘Conscious Capitalist’ John Mackey Warns Socialists ‘Taking Over’ U.S.

Whole Foods grocery stores are not usually the place you might expect to find a…

2 days ago

Flashback: Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter Allegedly Lost the Nuclear Codes

Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter both were involved in stories about having lost the…

2 days ago

NPR Claims Florida’s New Gadsden Flag License Plates ‘Symbolize Dangerous Far-Right Extremist Ideology’

As if Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis doesn't make Sunshine State liberals cringe enough, they will…

2 days ago

Washington Post Writes Incredible Fluff Piece Claiming Biden Held ‘Socratic Dialogues’ With Scholars

The Washington Post proves that real journalism and political commentary are dead. The most recent…

2 days ago

Poll: 75% Dissatisfied With Direction Of The Country – Including Majority Of Democrats

The cost of groceries across the board has skyrocketed due to inflation. Real wages for…

2 days ago

‘Make My Day,’ Texas Gov. Abbott Says To NYC Mayor Adams In Response To Threats

By Bethany Blankley (The Center Square) The war of words between New York City Mayor…

2 days ago