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The latest reports from the city of Minneapolis. This information will be updated 9 a.m. weekdays.
Wednesday, April 21
- Guilty on all counts. The jury’s verdict was read shortly after 4PM yesterday, at which point Chauvin’s bail was revoked and he was remanded into custody.
- There are a number of demonstrations scheduled across the metro area today and tomorrow (see below). Some of these events were placeholders, and their status is unclear in light of yesterday’s verdict. Other events are simply public gatherings and are focused on healing. None of these events present safety concerns and they’re unlikely to impact shelter or Center of Excellence operations. We will continue monitoring the situation and notify staff of any significant changes.
- There have been no announcements regarding the status of Operation Safety Net, the public safety operation surrounding the trial. A press conference scheduled for Tuesday afternoon was postponed, and has not yet been rescheduled. We anticipate that Operation Safety Net will begin winding down in light of the verdict, but the timeline is uncertain. Until that demobilization begins, it’s possible the National Guard and Law Enforcement will still be highly visible around town.
- We’re continuing to closely monitor the public safety situation surrounding the April 11 Brooklyn Center Police killing of Daunte Wright. There were no significant demonstrations reported last night for Brooklyn Center, though a curfew was in place after 11PM. Daunte’s funeral is scheduled for Wednesday.
- The intersection of Chicago and Franklin will be closed for emergency utility repair beginning April 20 and may take a week to reopen completely. Chicago will be detoured to Park and Portland. Franklin will be detoured to E 24th St using 11th, Park and Portland. This closure is not related to the trial.
Tuesday, April 20
- There were large gatherings downtown beginning during the 3PM hour, spurred the announcement that the jury had reached a verdict. The atmosphere was one of relief and celebration, and while there was significant marching and traffic impacts, there were no safety concerns or impacts to the shelter. The group disbanded during the 8PM hour.
- There were no demonstrations in Brooklyn Center, though the city declared an 11PM curfew.
- No safety concerns reported for downtown Minneapolis.