'Operation Safety Net' ramps up in preparation for verdict in Chauvin trial | KSTP.com

'Operation Safety Net' ramps up in preparation for verdict in Chauvin trial

Ellen Galles
Updated: April 19, 2021 08:59 PM
Created: April 19, 2021 06:06 PM

Operation Safety Net is ramping up as the jury begins deliberations. 

There are 3,000 soldiers and airmen from the National Guard in the metro. The state is also calling in 128 extra patrolmen from the Ohio and Nebraska State Patrols for additional surge capacity.

But Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo says they will need more than law enforcement.

"What makes us resilient is our community," he said.

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A news conference Monday included some of the state's top law enforcement officials, but also representatives from a host of community organizations like the NAACP and New Beginnings Baptist Church. All of them repeated the importance of peace and cooperation at a time when the world is watching.

"We want to bridge the gap between police and community," said PJ Hill, with the NAACP.

Arradondo said they learned some lessons in Brooklyn Center last week that prompted them to adjust some of the Operation Safety Net plans and strategies.

"The number one focus for us is de-escalation.  We don't want to use force if we don't have to," he said.  "We pulled back in Brooklyn Center the last few nights. Some of that was based on what the community told us would work better."


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