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BREAKING: Derek Chauvin Verdict Reached, DC Requests More National Guard As City Braces For Protests

Minneapolis, MN – The  jury deliberating in the murder trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has reached a verdict and cities nationwide are scrambling to prepare for the aftermath.

The Hennepin County District Court announced that the verdict would be read between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Central time, CNN reported.

The jury deliberated for four hours on Monday evening after the attorneys finished closing arguments.

Minneapolis has been preparing for unrest for weeks and ginned up efforts after riots broke out in nearby Brooklyn Center after an officer-involved shooting on April 11.

The U.S. Army on Monday approved the deployment of 250 unarmed National Guardsmen to the nation’s capital to help keep the peace during the protests and riots expected when the verdict is announced in the George Floyd trial.

DC city officials had requested the deployment of 1,000 troops to assist local law enforcement, but the DC National Guard confirmed that acting U.S. Army Secretary John Whitley had only approved one-quarter of that number, WTOP reported.

Whitley made his decision only after debating the matter for days.

The request, which was signed by acting DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency Acting Director Christopher Rodriguez, was sent to Major General William Walker on April 8, the DC National Guard’s commander, WTOP reported.

DC wanted six teams to monitor Metro stops and National Guard members to staff 30 traffic checkpoints.

The city also requested a National Guard quick reaction force “of at least 300 guardsmen to be staged at the D.C. Armory with the ability to respond within thirty (30) minutes to a request for assistance,” WTOP reported.

Rodriguez requested that the guardsmen who were deployed to help handle the protests be unarmed.

“There is the potential for First Amendment demonstrations to occur in the District of Columbia in response to the verdict,” the city’s emergency director said in the letter. “These demonstrations are congruent with the demonstrations that occurred during 2020, where the District saw a large influx of participants and general disorder and criminal activity.”

The request was met with pushback from multiple corners.

U.S. Department of Defense and National Guard officials have said the nation’s capital has been relying too heavily on members of the guard for security purposes, WTOP reported.

Officials have said that DC Mayor Muriel Bowser should be reaching out to other local law enforcement agencies in the region for assistance rather than asking for more soldiers.

The Associated Press reported in February that almost $500 million taxpayer dollars were used to cover the cost of deploying roughly 26,000 National Guard troops to the U.S. Capitol ahead of President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Troops from four territories and all 50 states were deployed to Washington, DC beginning in early January.

They were stationed throughout the nation’s capital city to provide protection for lawmakers and landmarks and to block traffic in certain areas.

The $500 million price tag included the cost of the troops’ housing, benefits, salaries, various essentials, and travel expenses from their home states and territories, according to the Associated Press.

Since the federal government activated them for more than 30 days, the cost of their health benefits was also figured into the overall deployment expenses.

In late January, Whitley said the National Guard had been asked by the U.S. Secret Service and other DC-area law enforcement agencies to remain in the city to continue assisting them, FOX News reported.

But two days after President Biden was inaugurated, the governors of Florida, Texas, and New Hampshire ordered their National Guard troops to return home after they were kicked out of the U.S. Capitol and told to sleep in a parking garage.

“Yesterday dozens of senators and congressmen walked down our lines taking photos, shaking our hands and thanking us for our service. Within 24 hours, they had no further use for us and banished us to the corner of a parking garage. We feel incredibly betrayed,” one of the National Guard members told Politico at the time.

Then in March, the city asked the National Guard to keep troops in DC for at least two more months.

A funeral for Daunte Wright, a 20 year old who was fatally shot by former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kimberly Potter on April 11, is scheduled to take place on Thursday.

Officer Potter allegedly fired her weapon thinking she was deploying her Taser.

She has been charged with second-degree manslaughter.

Rioters have looted and burned parts of Brooklyn Center and Minneapolis and assaulted police officers every night since Wright was killed.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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