As the Derek Chauvin trial draws to a close, the New Orleans Police Department is among law enforcement agencies around the country preparing for the public’s reaction, along with Louisiana State Police.
Closing arguments in the former Minneapolis policer’s trial took place Monday. A jury will decide if he is guilty of murdering George Floyd, whose death prompted protests across the world last summer and led more to join in on the Black Lives Matter movement.
The New Orleans Police Department said in an email it is monitoring the trial “and stands prepared to respond to any potential protests of which we are made aware.”
“NOPD has a contingency plan in place for any and all potential protests that may occur within the city. However, in order to not compromise this plan, we cannot publicly discuss such operations,” the department said in a statement.
Asked if it is preparing contingency plans for potential Chauvin verdict protests, Louisiana State Police said it is working with local and federal agencies to gather intelligence that might help them ensure public safety.
LSP spokesman Capt. Nick Manale said the Louisiana State Analytical & Fusion Exchange is working with other agencies to “exchange information and intelligence.”
Floyd cried out and eventually died underneath Chauvin, who kneeled on him for several minutes during a police interaction over a suspicious $20 bill.