Police departments across California released statements on Twitter saying they will be preparing for possible demonstrations regarding the Derek Chauvin murder trial in Minnesota.

Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who killed George Floyd, was convicted of murder on April 20.

After hours of deliberations, jurors found Derek Chauvin guilty on three counts,

second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

The San Francisco Police Department released a statement on Twitter around noon on April 20, announcing they will be fully present in patrolling the area.

“The San Francisco Police Department would like to assure the public that we are prepared for the potential of demonstrations surrounding the conclusion of the trial in Minnesota,” the statement said. 

“We have prepared an operational plan to ensure the protection of our residents and visitors. We have canceled days off for sworn personnel. Additional officers will be working, and we will have resources available to respond to routine calls for service as well as other events that may occur.”

“Officers will be deployed in our various communities, and the public can expect to see officers patrolling in cars, motorcycles, and vans as well as on foot and bicycle.”

“We are committed to facilitating the public’s right to peaceful First Amendment expressions of free speech.”

The Los Angeles Police Department announced on Twitter earlier on Tuesday afternoon that they have called a “tactical alert.”

“In an abundance of caution the Los Angeles Police Department has called a tactical alert. There are no current unlawful assemblies and the department is proactively taking initiative to ensure adequate resources to respond to any situation should the need arise,” the LAPD tweeted.

“We remain committed to ensuring the balance of ensuring public safety of all and being respectful to the community. We strive to protect and serve every member of the community equally,” the LAPD continued.

Written ByLauren Akabori

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