Posts on social media point out that National Guard troops stationed outside the Derek Chauvin trial in downtown Minneapolis do *not* have ammunition clips in their rifles. Major General Michael Wickman, assistant adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard, says about that:
“We’re in a really good situation. It’s important for us to show that, look, it’s a non-threatening situation, they’re there just as a form of force protection. But if the situation does change, the soldiers on the ground are quickly able to change their force posture.”
Officials say there have been no arrests or property damage during jury selection. They say law enforcement presence will increase, but not dramatically, as the trial itself begins March 29.