Minnesota Gov Declares State of Emergency as Black Lives Matter Riots Loom
Democrat governor prepares for violence prior to Derek Cauvin trial verdict
The Democrat governor of Minnesota, Tim Walz, has declared a state of emergency in the counties around Minneapolis as the city prepares for violent Black Lives Matter rioting over the verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial.
On Monday night, Gov. Walz held a news conference to lay out his plans to maintain security.
The governor said the state is bringing in police backup from Ohio and Nebraska.
The Fox 9 report pointed out that the Minnesota Senate approved $9 million in emergency funding to cope with potential riots, looting, and unrest.
"We can’t live like this," he said.
"We simply can’t."
"But we can’t have thousands of businesses burned and people put at risk," Walz added.
The murder case against Chauvin in the death of George Floyd went to the jury Monday.
The jury of six white people and six people who are black or multiracial began deliberating after nearly a full day of closing arguments.
The jurors deliberated about four hours before retiring for the night to the hotel where they are being sequestered for this final phase of the trial.
They were due to resume Tuesday morning.
After the jury went out, Chauvin's defense called for a mistrial over comments made by Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) about the verdict.
The judge in the trial slammed Waters over recent calls by the congresswomen for rioting if a guilty verdict isn't reached.
During a Black Lives Matter rally in Minnesota on Saturday, Waters called on protesters to break curfew and start rioting if Chauvin is not convicted during his trial.
After the California lawmaker's shocking remarks made global headlines, Chauvin's defense attorney Eric Nelson called for a mistrial after the jury retired on Monday.
Speaking after the jury was sent out on Monday afternoon, Nelson once again made a bid to have the case against his client thrown out on grounds that there was no way the jury could be untainted by the excessive publicity surrounding the case.
"Now that we have US representatives threatening acts of violence in relation to this trial it’s frankly mind-blowing," Nelson argued.
Taking it into consideration Judge Peter Cahill said: "I grant that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned."