Derek Chauvin Trial Information

Four former Minneapolis police officers have been charged in the death of George Floyd and are facing trial.

Updated: April 19, 2021

When is the trial taking place?

The trial of Derek Chauvin is currently in progress. Chauvin is the former Minneapolis police officer who had his knee on George Floyd’s neck. Closing statements will take place on April 19 with jury deliberation to follow. Three other former Minneapolis police officers will be tried together, in a separate trial, beginning Aug. 23, 2021.

Where is the trial taking place?

The trial is taking place at the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis, adjacent to Minneapolis City Hall and near the Federal Courthouse.

Is the trial being televised?

Yes, the judge ruled that cameras will be allowed in the courtroom. Click here for a livestream of the Derek Chauvin trial. 

Will there be protests?

Protests are occurring during the trial. Protests around racial and social justice have occurred in cities and towns across the United States, including in Minneapolis. It is important to note that most protests that took place in Minneapolis in 2020 were peaceful.

Where do protests traditionally take place?

Protests have taken place throughout the state. Frequent locations for protests in the Twin Cities include:

  • Minneapolis City Hall, which is more than a half mile away from the Minneapolis Convention Center, or roughly a 15-minute walk. This is across from the Hennepin County Government Center.
  • The area often referred to as “George Floyd Square” – a memorial at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, roughly 3 miles from the courthouse.
  • The state capitol and the governor’s mansion in Saint Paul.

Will there be a large police presence during the trial?

Operation Safety Net (OSN) is a coordinated public safety effort among city, county and state law enforcement officials during the trial. Safety and security planning for the trial began in July 2020. For the duration of the trial, Minneapolis and other metro area residents will see equipment, barricades, fencing, traffic control, National Guard vehicles, and helicopters. There may be temporary closures and restrictions for streets, parking, and other facilities. One can expect to see increased proactive staffing levels from OSN partner agencies as the trial progresses. For security reasons, some details will not be shared with the public.

Will the National Guard be activated during the trial?

Yes, the Minnesota National Guard is part of a coordinated effort among city, county and state law enforcement officials during the trial. Currently, the National Guard has 2,000 service members in support of Operation Safety Net within the metro region. 

Will streets be blocked during the trial?

Currently, the following streets are closed:

  • Third Street South, between Second and Third avenues
  • Fourth Street South, between First Avenue North and Second Avenue South
  • Fifth Street South, between Fourth and Fifth avenues
  • Sixth Street South (the street and both sidewalks), between Third and Fourth avenues
  • At this time, other streets will remain open. The City will provide updates when other closures are anticipated. For more information, click here for the City of Minneapolis trial support and safety website.

Will public transit be impacted during the trial?

Metro Transit has limited detours planned for stops in and around the area of the Hennepin County Government Center and intends to continue serving the Government Plaza LRT station at this time. That could change as conditions warrant. Service changes will be communicated through Metro Transit rider alerts and social media, among other communications channels.

Does Minneapolis still have a police department?

Yes, the Minneapolis City Charter requires a minimum level of police staffing based on the number of residents in Minneapolis, and the 2021 city budget includes more than $171 million for the MPD. In addition, the city is investing in additional community safety initiatives. More information on “The Future of Public Safety in Minneapolis” can be found here.

Have any policing and/or public safety changes taken place since the death of George Floyd?

Yes, several policing and public safety changes have taken place. More information on “The Future of Public Safety in Minneapolis” can be found here.

Where can I find more information?

Follow the City of Minneapolis on Facebook and Twitter, sign up for the City Update newsletter and visit the City's trial support and safety page to stay up-to-date on the latest news and information. Check the Minneapolis Downtown Council's trial information page for the latest updates. Stay tuned to news from Operation Safety Net on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and YouTube