Operation Safety Net Daily Update: April 20

​OSN News Release #1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE​​

​April 20, 2021

CONTACT:
Operation Safety Net Lead PIO
612-673-3676 
MNSafetyNet@state.mn.us

MINNEAPOLIS — Peaceful protests took place Monday night in Minneapolis after attorneys made their closing arguments and the jury began deliberations in the trial for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin charged in George Floyd's death.

Operation Safety Net law enforcement partners made no arrests on Monday. There were three​ burglaries reported in Minneapolis but minimal damage citywide.

Statistics relating to activities surrounding the Chauvin trial in the past 24 hours

  • Locations of protests/gatherings:
    • Two separate protests near the Hennepin County Government Center.
    • One at the Brooklyn Center Police Department around 9 p.m.
  • Total number attending:
    • Approximately 300 attended the first protest near the Hennepin County Government Center Monday afternoon. This group disbanded without major incident.
    • Approximately 400 attended the second protest near the Hennepin County Government Center early Monday evening. This group disbanded without major incident.
    • A group of 40-50 attended the protest at the Brooklyn Center Police Department. This group disbanded without major incident.
  • Total number of arrests:
    • There were no arrests.
  • Total amount of property damage:
    • There was minimal damage citywide.

Businesses

  • There were three burglary reports in Minneapolis April 19.
    • 12:30 p.m. April 19, at 417 Lake St. E.
    • 1:50 p.m. April 19 at 2300 Franklin Ave. E.
    • 2:20 p.m. April 19 at 616 Washington Ave. SE​

Law enforcement

  • The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported an individual smashed the back window of a DNR conservation officer's truck while it was parked at a metro-area hotel. The suspect stole the officer's service rifle, which was locked and secured, during the break-in. The Ramsey Sheriff's Office is investigating.
  • There was an arrest in a downtown Minneapolis hotel for a warrant. This was not related to protests.​

About Operation Safety Net

Minnesota law enforcement agencies established Operation Safety Net (OSN) to make sure everyone is able to safely have their voices heard during and following the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin who was charged in the death of George Floyd.

OSN is an effort to have coordinated preparation and anticipated response to ensure the safety of the public. Law enforcement agencies have come together under a unified command to:

  • Preserve and protect lawful First Amendment non-violent protests and demonstrations.
  • Prevent large scale violent civil disturbances, assaultive actions and property damage.

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