The City plans will hold regular briefings on Thursdays (10:30 a.m. via City social media: Twitter, Facebook and Youtube) throughout the trial of Derek Chauvin who is charged with murder in the death of George Floyd. Briefings will also be streamed live on the City’s Facebook page. You can also get trial news from Operation Safety Net at weekly press conferences on Operation Safety Net social media and posted to the website Mondays at 2 p.m.
- The community should expect to see a gradual increase in police and National Guard presence to ensure public safety as the Derek Chauvin trial progresses. Opening statements in the trial began Monday, March 29.
- Minneapolis 911 provided information about how the department has increased capacity to respond to large-scale emergency situations and is working to educate the community about when to call 911.
- Residents and businesses are encouraged to connect to their neighborhood organizations as another way to stay informed. Find neighborhood organization information on the City’s website.
Mental Health Resources
As the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin progresses, many community members may be seeking ways to cope with trauma and retraumatization.
The City has created this list of mental health support resources to help residents and their loved ones.
You can also explore the cultural wellness directory, a directory of trauma informed wellness services that uses the power of community members to heal and to build community.
Additional resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
· Coping with grief, a resource for survivors of community violence, including understanding grief in adults and children.
· Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Events: Coping with Retraumatization
· SAMHSA training and educational resources for response and recovery after disasters and traumatic events.
City moves forward on new mobile behavioral health crisis teams
The City of Minneapolis is moving forward on a pilot project that will serve as an alternative to police response to support people experiencing a crisis. This pilot project will send an unarmed, highly trained and empathetic team to properly assess their needs and provide appropriate care or support while avoiding unnecessary hospitalization and criminalization. Behavioral health response teams will include behavioral health providers and may include emergency medical technicians or emergency medical services. Learn more about this work on the City’s website.