Minneapolis to beef up security for trial in Floyd’s death

February 18, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – National Guard troops and hundreds of law enforcement officers from around the state will converge on the Minneapolis area during the upcoming trial of the former police officer charged in the death of George Floyd.

Authorities said Wednesday that they’ve been planning for the trial of Derek Chauvin for months, in hopes of preventing a repeat of the violent unrest that caused millions of dollars in damage last year.

State Patrol Colonel Matt Langer said authorities will be working to protect everyone’s rights to peacefully protest, while also ensuring that businesses, government buildings and infrastructure are protected.

Law enforcement will use quick reaction teams, bicycle rapid response officers, SWAT officers and other tactics to keep the city safe.