PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh police are preparing for the aftermath following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial,
“For the trial with everything’s that’s going on, we are prepared. We’re not putting a lot of stuff out there, but we’ve met with other agencies in western Pa.,” said Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert.
Public Safety officials said a lot of planning has been going on behind the scenes. They are working with federal, state and local agencies but ultimately hope for peace.
Schubert said police will do everything they can to “allow individuals to express their first amendment rights.”
Local organizations are planning a day of action on the day of the verdict. The coalition organizer for the Alliance For Police Accountability sent Channel 11 the following statement:
“We believe that the Floyd family deserves absolute justice. It has become a disgustingly, harmful trend that we are the ones to blame for the brutal way we lose our lives at the hands of law enforcement. We fight because we need change, and that is exactly what our day of action is about: Moving forward as a community to enact the change that we want to see. We must be organized and united to defeat White Supremacy which permeates the systems, institutions and governments that govern our lives. We must also gather together to heal and spread Love. While we stand with the Floyd family and those across the country who are victims of state sanctioned violence, we recognize and lift up those in our own Cities and Counties who have been subjected to the gross injustices that plague our humanity. We ask that everyone join us in solidarity to continue the fight for justice here and abroad.”
Pennsylvania’s NAACP president said his team will also be watching the verdict very closely and plans on releasing its own plan of action soon.
Organizers for Black Lives Matter in Pittsburgh said as soon as the verdict comes down -- innocent or guilty -- people will be meeting at Freedom Corner. They are asking people to bring candles, flowers, letters for loved ones and balloons to honor those lost.
Gov. Tom Wolf activated the National Guard in Philadelphia as a precautionary measure.