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Duluth Police prepare for unrest ahead of Chauvin trial

Duluth, MN --The trial of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin is set to start two weeks from Monday.

With that in mind, the Duluth Police Department is preparing for possible unrest. Chief Mike Tusken says the department learned a lot from the unrest last summer.

“One of the substantial takeaways was that we were anticipating perhaps more issues at the main event, you know Priley Center, Priley Circle around the government buildings, and really all of the issues that really unfolded were everywhere but there,” said Tusken.

Chief Tusken also said his department has been in contact with state agencies about providing backup in Minneapolis, but says Duluth does not plan on sending any officers to the Twin Cities.

Tusken also says there is no reason to believe there will be widespread violence here.

“Preparation really is something that we work on every day, and it again is it is simply about planning for the worst but hoping for the best always,” said Tusken.

Peter Kvietkauskas

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