With the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin set to begin in the coming days at the Hennepin County Courthouse, we can expect people from across the country to come to the Twin Cities for protests, marches and demonstrations. I wanted to provide a recap of the developments around planning and preparations here in Saint Paul.
Your Saint Paul Police Department has led extensive planning and preparations with its law enforcement partners in the east metro area with primary goals to:
Protect people, property and free speech during the trial
Prevent the type of destruction that was seen last year
This planning has included the Department of Public Safety, State Patrol and the National Guard. It is parallel to and in conjunction with the planning being conducted by the Minneapolis Police Department and its partners with Operation Safety Net.
I have been in almost daily conversations with Sr. Commander Ellison, Commander Mollner and Sr. Commander Greene (Special Operations) to assist them in their conversations and briefings for downtown businesses and residents. SPDID members will receive regular updates from me as the trial progresses and as developments occur, the Downtown Alliance will also continue to share news relevant to downtown. To stay informed for yourself I encourage you to monitor the following social media feeds for updates:
Director of Safety Strategies