White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki declined to specify whether the prospects of involving the US National Guard in law enforcement are being discussed.
The federal government of the United States is discussing with the governors of American states and local authorities the prevention of unrest in the country in connection with the completion of the trial in the case of the death of a black man George Floyd in police custody last year. This was confirmed on Monday at a regular briefing for journalists by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
“We are in contact with the mayors and governors, local authorities,” said the official representative of US President Joe Biden, commenting on the end of the trial in Minneapolis (Minnesota). “And we will, of course, continue to call for peaceful protests,” she said.
Psaki declined to specify whether the prospects of involving the US National Guard in law enforcement in the event of mass protests at the end of the trial in Minneapolis are already being discussed. According to a White House official, the US authorities are conducting “a range of consultations on how to ensure that, regardless of the outcome [of the process], there is space for peaceful protest.”
Earlier, CNN reported that the US president is considering possible options to prevent mass riots after the jury’s decision in the case of former police officer Derek Chauvin. “The situation is already like a box of matches, and every day it becomes tenser,” CNN quoted a Biden administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity. Biden’s office is already preparing a speech for the verdict. The president is expected to express solidarity with the feelings of Americans who feel affected by racial discrimination and call for calm. Biden is not planning a trip to Minnesota yet. The president also does not want to use force to stop possible unrest, as his predecessor in the White House, Donald Trump, did.
On Monday, the Hennepin County Court in Minneapolis began hearing the closing statements of the parties in the Chauvin case. The members of the jury will then retire to a meeting. Its time frame is not defined; in fact, this means that a decision may follow even in the next few hours, but it may have to wait for several days. Chauvin’s defense insists that Floyd’s death was not due to the former police officer’s use of a chokehold but because of health problems due to drug use.