$1M for Minneapolis fences, barricades for Floyd death trial

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Four of the Minneapolis police officers involved in the murder of George Floyd. (Photo: Facebook)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis and Hennepin County officials will spend at least $1 million to put up fences and other barricades ahead of the trial for the former officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd.

Minneapolis officials estimate $645,000 will be spent to protect the city’s five police precincts, City Hall and the Public Service Building.

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County officials say the initial cost for leasing and installing barriers around the Hennepin County Government Center, where Derek Chauvin’s trial begins Monday, is about $420,000.

Some have criticized security efforts, fearing it will only escalate tensions. Others want local leaders to do everything they can to prevent a repeat of last year’s violent protests.