The Chauvin trial is in closing arguments. For our readers in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area, you need to be following events outside the courtroom as the case goes to the jury and a verdict is reached and returned.
This isn’t me saying this, it is the City of Minneapolis saying it!
Resident safetyStay informed and create a plan to be safe during the trial.
Create a hazard plan
Residents should create an all-hazards plan. All-hazards means learning to how to protect yourself, your family and your business during and after a disaster. This could include a tornado, transportation accident, snowstorm, civil disorder and more.
- Create a plan and emergency kit.
- You should be prepared to either shelter in place or evacuate, depending on the circumstances.
- You should plan for disruptions to normal services for up to 72 hours.
- Create a communication plan.
- Document and insure your property.
- Know how to receive and understand alerts and warnings.
- Take steps to safeguard documents and valuables.
- Conduct a home security review and make any recommended improvements.
- Know and practice alternate routes to and from key locations.
- Review insurance coverage with your insurance agent.
I haven’t seen an equivalent alert for St. Paul regarding the Chauvin trial and its outcome and aftermath, just the general St. Paul resident hazard information page, but what Minneapolis put out should cover you regardless.
Especially because the Boogaloo Boys have been planning to use the outcome of the trial to engage in their own brand of mayhem. From The Minneapolis Star Tribune 18 JUL 2020 (emphasis mine):
Solomon, who manages the maintenance division for a local property management company, called himself “an armed redneck” who joined the Boogaloo movement after dabbling in right-wing conservatism, libertarianism and militia activity. The police bulletin that named Solomon noted that he had a “III%-er” militia sticker on his truck.
In an interview, Solomon said his allegiance rested with the Boogaloo movement and that he had neglected to remove the armed militia sticker. Like many Boogaloos, Solomon also said he now recants his past support for President Donald Trump. Now, Solomon views himself as an “anarcho-capitalist.”
Both Solomon and experts who have tracked the movement add that it was initially miscast as an offshoot of far-right white power extremism.
“Our whole thing is, we believe in freedom and absolute liberty for everyone regardless of race, creed, sex, gender, whatever; we don’t care,” Solomon said.
J.J. MacNab, a fellow at the George Washington University Program on Extremism, said the confusion can distract from the movement’s true beliefs and plans, particularly “accelerationism,” which holds that the political order can be dismantled through increased civil disorder.
“Just because they’re not white supremacists doesn’t mean that they aren’t antigovernment extremists wanting to take down cops and the rest of the government,” MacNab said. “What they want to do is to kill cops, to kill politicians, to start chaos so that their anarcho-capitalist world can emerge. It’s accelerationism. It’s just not white supremacist accelerationism.”
In Minnesota, Solomon said, Boogaloo Bois rarely gather in groups of more than 20 or 30. More common are training exercises in smaller “squads.” That’s what Solomon said is happening now in anticipation of another looming wave of unrest. Solomon predicts one or more of the four fired officers charged in Floyd’s death will escape conviction, sparking fresh chaos.
“Round one is going to look like a trip to Disney World, and we’re just trying to get ready for that,” Solomon said.
Have a plan. Stay informed. Stay alert. If you need it, follow your plan!