About the Trial

Four former City of Minneapolis police officers have been charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. The trial of Derek Chauvin started on Monday, Mar. 29, 2021 at the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis after the jury selection process. Three other former Minneapolis police officers will be tried together, in a separate trial, beginning Aug. 23, 2021.

City of Saint Paul Preparations

Amid the ongoing crises our community faces, most recently arising from the attempted insurrection at the United States Capitol on January 6th, public safety concerns related to civil unrest continue. As we maintain readiness to ensure the safety and security of people, property and free speech, the events over the past year have demonstrated the need for ongoing collaboration, resource sharing and proactive engagement among our partners and across our entire community. 

Our Saint Paul Police Department has convened a coalition of east metro public safety agencies - including our Saint Paul Fire Department, Saint Paul Emergency Management, Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, and the Minnesota State Patrol - to plan, prepare, and train to support peaceful protests, and to respond to the possibility of civil unrest should it arise from the proceedings. Our Saint Paul Police Department also works closely with our Minnesota National Guard to leverage support as needed. 

In addition to these efforts in Saint Paul, we have coordinated with our west metro law enforcement partners participating in Operation Safety Net. We remain in contact with our public communications partners in the Minneapolis-Hennepin County Joint Information System to ensure we have timely, accurate information available to distribute to everyone across our community should any need arise.

Community Healing Circles

Ramsey County, in partnership with the City of Saint Paul, is working with community healers to offer virtual and in-person healing circles that provide welcoming, safe and supportive environments for participatory dialogue, building connection, addressing community trauma and shared healing.

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Business Owner Safety

The City of Saint Paul is working with business owners to help plan and prepare for potential unrest and how to keep businesses and customers safe. The Saint Paul Police Department Crime Prevention Unit is able to conduct a free security survey of your business. Contact Sagal Abdirahman at 651-266-5994 or by email at sagal.abdirahman@stpaul.gov or Patty Lammers at 651-266-5485 or by email at patty.lammers@stpaul.gov.

Saint Paul Information and Resources

Saint Paul Police Department

The Saint Paul Police Department has opened a command post and has increased staffing based on the situation throughout the metro following the officer involved shooting in Brooklyn Center on April 11, 2021.

Follow our Saint Paul Police Department’s social media accounts for up-to-date public safety information: 

Get email and text message updates from the Saint Paul Police Department:

For Help in Saint Paul

  • 911: Emergencies where someone's safety is at risk that require an immediate response from police, firefighters, or medics. 

  • 651-291-1111: The Saint Paul non-emergency number.  Tips to the Saint Paul police about suspicious activity that doesn't require an immediate response. An example would include reporting a fast-moving car without license plates. 

  • File police report online: The Saint Paul Police Department online police reporting system which allows you to submit a report immediately and later print a copy of the police report at no cost.  

  • For updates on road closures in Saint Paul, visit www.stpaul.gov/roadclosures.

  • 651-266-8989: For non-emergency information, available weekdays, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Business Resources

Protecting Your Business During Civil Unrest

Businesses may face increased risks during periods of civil unrest. It’s possible that the safety and operations of your business could be disrupted. The Saint Paul Police Department is committed to protecting people and property during unrest and recommends 12 actions to mitigate risks to your business.

  • PLAN

    • Make sure employees are familiar with your emergency and security plans
    • Make sure employee contact information is up to date
    • Install uniform interior and exterior lighting
    • Install laminated glass or security film to windows and glass doors
    • Install security cameras and train employees on how to use them
    • Follow mainstream and social media (@sppdmn) for news about anticipated disruptions
    • Remain alert for unusual activity and consider removing and/or limiting inventory
    • Consider boarding up windows and doors if you deem it’s the best interest of your business
    • Remove loose items (garbage cans, landscape materials) from parking lots and around building
    • Reserve employee parking near the building entrance

Insurance Claim Information

The MN Department of Commerce can help you understand your policy and/or resolve disputes with your insurance company. Visit the Consumer Services Center online, or call (651) 539-1600.

Construction Connection to the Community Initiative

Construction Connection to the Community Initiative is offering businesses affected by civil unrest free services. The initiative is also actively recruiting BIPOC contractors and volunteers. Services include:

  • Preparedness checklists (in English, Hmong, Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese)
  • Boarding
  • Business assessment
  • Site evaluation
  • Connections to BIPOC vendors and suppliers

Twin Cities Community Rebuilding Coalition

Twin Cities Community Rebuilding Coalition offers building materials and consulting services for businesses impacted by the civil unrest. Consulting services include: 

  • Architecture, design, real estate and/or property management 
  • Business strategy and operations, corporate affairs, and/or project management  
  • Human resources and/or leadership development 
  • Legal, finance, and/or compliance 
  • Marketing, communications, public relations and/or sales 
  • Merchandising and/or product design 
  • Sourcing, supply chain and/or distribution 
  • Technology, data and/or analytics 

Additional resources:

Other information and resources

Operation Safety Net

      Operation Safety Net leaders have provided regular public safety updates following the officer involved shooting in Brooklyn Center on April 11. Watch briefings on the Operation Safety Net YouTube channel.

Minnesota law enforcement officials established Operation Safety Net, a coordinated effort among federal, state and local agencies to develop plans to respond to any civil unrest while making sure people are safe. 

Operation Safety Net social media channels will provide official, accurate, and up-to-date information about public safety response and activities surrounding the trial:    

Minnesota Judicial Branch

Metro Transit

Learn about transit service during the trial on this Metro Transit Trial Service webpage

Follow Metro Transit social media accounts for real-time update on temporary changes to bus and rail service: 

Call (612-373-3333) or text (612-444-1161) the Transit Information Center weekdays 6:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.   

City of Minneapolis

Learn about the City’s of Minneapolis’ trial preparations on their Trial Support & Safety webpage

Follow City of Minneapolis social media accounts and get emaii/text updates for up-to-date public information: 

For Help in Minneapolis

  • 911: Emergencies where someone's safety is at risk that require an immediate response from police, firefighters, or medics. 

  • (612) 673-5335: The Minneapolis Police Department has established a new tip line. Call this number to provide tips to MPD about suspicious activity not requiring an immediate response, such as vehicles driving without license plates, etc. 

  • (612) 673-2499: Questions for the city from business and commercial property owners about preparations before the trial, operating during the trial and local regulations. Questions can be sent to SmallBusiness@minneapolismn.gov

  • 311: All other non-emergency concerns. 

Hennepin County

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Last Edited: May 5, 2021