Detroit, MI – Detroit Police Chief James Craig said he expects violence to erupt even if former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin is found guilty of murder in the death of George Floyd.
“I have no reason to believe that whether he’s acquitted or found guilty, there will not be violence,” Chief Craig said during a press conference on Monday in response to a question from a reporter, according to MLive.
“As it relates specific to Detroit, we have no indication,” Chief Craig added.
The question was posed as the chief was holding a news conference about an officer-involved shooting incident that occurred in Detroit early Monday, MLive reported.
The reporter brought up the Chauvin trial and asked him if he expects Detroit to be a “flashpoint” for violence once the verdict is handed down, according to the news outlet.
Chief Craig said the city will not tolerate any rioting, looting, or destruction, WXII reported.
Detroit suffered from rioting in the wake of Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020, as did many cities throughout the nation.
Protests took place in Detroit for more than 109 nights last summer, WXII reported.
Barricades have been in place outside the Detroit Public Safety (DPS) headquarters building as an added security measure since May of last year, according to the news outlet.
New Black Panthers leader Malik Shabazz urged people to respond to the verdict without violence, regardless of the final outcome.
“In some circles, if this verdict does not come out right, it’s gonna be burn, baby burn,” Shabazz told WXII.
“Black people, all people, oppressed people,” he implored. “Do not burn.”
Chauvin, 45, has been found guilty of second-degree manslaughter, third-degree murder, and second-degree murder in the May 25, 2020 death of 46-year-old Floyd.