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NYC Staffing Up For Derek Chauvin Sentencing, Minneapolis Isn’t

New York, NY – The New York Police Department (NYPD) will have an “excess of officers” on hand on Friday to deal with fallout from the sentencing of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin who was convicted for the murder of George Floyd.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said he didn’t “anticipate any problems” in New York City but he planned to be prepared just in case, the New York Post reported.

“Well, you have to prepare,” Commissioner Shea told a radio show on Thursday morning. “We were certainly going to have an excess of officers on standby, but they’re not going to be sitting around.”

“We’re going to have them deployed,” the top cop added. “We’re going to have to deploy [them] in areas where we’re seeing some increased violence, and then they’re going to be able to mobilize at a moment’s notice. I don’t anticipate any problems, but in our line of work you have to be ready.”

Chauvin is scheduled for sentencing on enhanced charges on June 25 in Hennepin County District Court.

He was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd as he was being arrested by Minneapolis police on May 25, 2020.

Floyd’s death sparked violent protests and riots in many cities, including multiple boroughs in New York City, the New York Post reported.

When Chauvin was convicted on April 20, protesters marched in celebration, but it still caused a mess on city streets.

Minneapolis, on the other hand, has not taken extraordinary measures to protect itself from the burning and looting that happened multiple times after Floyd died in police custody.

Riots erupted in early June after armed fugitive Winston “Boogie” Smith was fatally shot by a U.S. Marshals Task Force not far from where Floyd died shortly after the anniversary of his death.

As recently as June 17, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey asked Minnesota Governor Tim Walz to be prepared to send in the National Guard to assist local and state law enforcement for the protests over Smith’s death.

Walz activated 100 members of the Minnesota National Guard but didn’t end up having to deploy them into the city.

But the mayor’s office said that Frey has not asked the governor to send National Guard help to the city for the sentencing, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

Frey’s spokesperson, Mychal Vlatkovich, said the mayor “will be in close touch with the chief and keep all options on the table.”

“The MPD has requested mutual aid from neighboring jurisdictions and anticipates having a strong complement of law enforcement partners available if needed,” Vlatkovich added.

The Hennepin County Government Center where the courthouse is located will be closed to the general public on June 25 because of the sentencing, but the city isn’t building barricades or installing fencing like it did before the verdict, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

Chauvin is facing between 12.5 and 40 years in prison for his conviction on second-degree murder (unintentional), based on Minnesota sentencing guidelines.

Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill approved sentence enhancements citing Chauvin’s abuse of his authority and particular cruelty towards Floyd, WCCO reported.

Experts predicted the judge would give Chauvin at least twice the recommended minimum.

But some people are trying to rile others into action, and have warned that Cahill could sentence the former officer more lightly.

“They are about to go light on Derek Chauvin at his sentencing this weekend in #Minnesota,” Tariq Nasheed tweeted on June 21. “They are getting militarily prepared. This is why they are having the sentencing going into the weekend. Also this is why they threw us a bone with this #Junetenth talk ahead of time.”

There were also hundreds of social media posts by people who seemed to believe Chauvin’s sentencing would be pushed to Saturday to further reduce chaos in the city.

Chauvin’s sentencing is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. on June 25 and the proceedings will be streamed in the same manner as his trial, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

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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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