More than 1,100 officers from public safety agencies across Minnesota have also been brought in to help stem any potential unrest, as the city waits with bated breath over a verdict in Chauvin’s trial.
A verdict could be returned as early as the end of this week, after closing arguments began in the trial as of Monday morning.
The former Minneapolis police officer is facing charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and third-degree manslaughter.
All three of the charges are separate, meaning he could be found guilty of all, some, or none of them.
Ahead of a potential acquittal, some businesses have even hired private security firms to guard their premises through any protests or riots.