Minnesota ramps up security for murder trial of Derek Chauvin in George Floyd’s death

Minnesota ramps up security for murder trial of Derek Chauvin in George Floyd’s death


Minnesota authorities said a heavy security presence will be in place for the upcoming murder trial of ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin in George Floyd’s death.

Minneapolis police, Hennepin County sheriff’s deputies, Minnesota state troopers, and the National Guard will all be deployed when jury selection begins in less than three weeks, KTTC-TV said.

“We are not going to be caught flat-footed,” Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington told the station.

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Authorities have been hatching security plans for the trial since July, when outrage over Floyd’s death on May 25 while in police custody sparked massive protests worldwide.

Chauvin, 44, was seen on viral video pressing his knee against the back of a handcuffed Floyd’s throat for more than 8 minutes despite his pleas that he couldn’t breathe.

Outrage over George Floyd’s death sparked massive protests worldwide.Christopher Harris via AP

Chauvin is charged with murder in the case, and three other former cops — J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and

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