Minneapolis Officials: Working To Make Floyd Square Safe Amid Chauvin Trial


A general view is seen of the burned and destroyed Third Police Precinct on March 11, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as the precinct building was  burned May 2020 during the protests after the death of George Floyd. - A Minnesota judge on March 11, 2021 added an additional murder charge against Derek Chauvin, the police officer on trial for the death of George Floyd. Chauvin, 44, is already facing charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in connection with Floyd's May 25, 2020 death in Minneapolis. (Photo by Kerem Yucel / AFP) (Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)

A general view of the burned and destroyed Third Police Precinct is shown on March 11, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The precinct building was burned May 2020 during the protests after the death of George Floyd. (Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)

Minnesota authorities addressed safety concerns amid Derek Chauvin’s murder trial.

During a press briefing on Thursday, the Minneapolis mayor and police chief said they are working to prevent violence at the location where George Floyd died. The mayor noted there is a consensus to preserve the place where Floyd was killed so “tires and traffic never run over it again.”

This came as the police chief urged demonstrators to remain peaceful so that businesses could operate safely.

“We want to make sure that everyone who chooses to do so can do so peacefully but that also our residences, our businesses visitors, that people are feeling protected and that they are feeling safe,” Chief Medaria Arradondo of the Minneapolis Police Department said.

Several incidents of violence have occurred in the part of the city dubbed George Floyd Square.

A man walks in the makeshift memorial of George Floyd before the third day of jury selection begins in the trial of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin who is accused of killing Floyd, in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 10, 2021. - The first jurors were selected on March 9, 2021 in the high-profile trial of the white police officer accused of killing George Floyd, an African-American man whose death laid bare racial wounds in the United States and sparked "Black Lives Matter" protests across the globe. Former Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin is facing charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in connection with Floyd's May 25 death, which was captured by bystanders on smartphone video. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP) (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

A man walked in the makeshift memorial of George Floyd before the third day of jury selection began in the trial of former Minneapolis Police officer DerekChauvin who is accused of killing Floyd, in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 10, 2021. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

 

Authorities said they are working with community leaders as small businesses have claimed customers are staying away because they feel unsafe.



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