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Minneapolis, Hennepin County to spend more than $1M on barricades ahead of Derek Chauvin trial


David Joles - Star Tribune

People waited to conduct business outside the Hennepin County Government Center with a law enforcement officer inside a fenced perimeter as preparations continue for the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin which begins Monday and was seen near the Hennepin County Government Center on Thursday.

Minneapolis and Hennepin County officials will spend at least $1 million to put up fences and other barricades across the city as they prepare for the first trial in George Floyd's death.

Minneapolis leaders estimate they will spend $645,000, most of which will be on fortifications for the city's five police precincts. The rest will go to protecting City Hall and the new Public Service Building, both of which face the downtown courthouse where former officer Derek Chauvin will be tried; jury selection begins Monday.

County officials said their initial cost for installing and leasing barriers around the Hennepin County Government Center, which includes the courthouse, is just over $420,000.


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