State, federal law enforcement officials offer details on 'Operation Safety Net' as Chauvin trial looms

Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington. Photo: KSTP. Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington.

Ellen Galles
Updated: March 01, 2021 06:37 PM
Created: March 01, 2021 05:27 PM

There will be thousands of law enforcement on hand for the trial of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin. A spokesperson for the city of Minneapolis said Monday there will be 2,000 National Guard troops, and about two-thirds of them will be assigned to property protection.

The multi-agency security plan is called "Operation Safety Net." Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said it has been in the works since July. 

The plan calls for closure of certain public buildings and streets, extra security and the launch of a city website to update residents.

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Jury selection begins March 8, but law enforcement officials say the most critical time will likely be mid- to late-April.

"Most of our prevention resources will not take place until Phase 3, which is closing arguments and deliberation," Minneapolis Commander Scott Gerlicher said. "So we have some time." 

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Watch the full presser that took place Monday afternoon below.

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