High school teacher jams himself to the court where Derek Chauvin is on trial

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High school teacher jams himself to court where Derek Chauvin is on trial for George Floyd murder to protest murders by Minnesota police as police investigate ‘suspicious packages’ and more buildings boarded up

  • Kaia Hirt is a tenth grade English teacher at Champlin Park High School
  • She tied herself to a security fence at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis on Monday and stayed there overnight
  • Hirt told DailyMail.com that her dramatic gesture was to draw attention to Minneapolis police killings
  • She said she intended to remain chained to the fence until she was certain things will change

A Minnesota high school teacher has chained herself to the courthouse where Derek Chauvin is on trial for the murder of George Floyd in protest at the Minnesota police killings.

Kaia Hirt, a tenth-grade English teacher at Champlin Park High School, wrapped herself in chains attached to a security fence at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis on Monday and sat there overnight.

She told DailyMail.com that her dramatic gesture was a protest against what she sees as the “failure of city and state officials to” establish a relationship with the community since George Floyd’s death last May. ”

She said she intended to remain chained to the fence until she was certain things will change.

Those changes include a commitment from Senator Warren Limmer to take a vote on police reform, end qualified immunity, and lift the statute of limitations for police-implicated murders.

Kaia Hirt, a tenth-grade English teacher, wrapped herself Monday in chains attached to a security fence at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis and sat there overnight

Kaia Hirt, a tenth-grade English teacher, wrapped herself Monday in chains attached to a security fence at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis and sat there overnight

Hirt (center) told DailyMail.com that her dramatic gesture was a protest against what she sees as the failure of city and state officials to `` build a relationship with the community since George Floyd's death last May. ''

Hirt (center) told DailyMail.com that her dramatic gesture was a protest against what she sees as the failure of city and state officials to `` build a relationship with the community since George Floyd's death last May. ''

Hirt (center) told DailyMail.com that her dramatic gesture was a protest against what she sees as the failure of city and state officials to “ build a relationship with the community since George Floyd’s death last May. ”

Hirt spoke to DailyMail.com on Tuesday morning as Chauvin’s trial entered its second day.

“This process is about the value of a black man’s life in American society, and it is representative of where we stand with the race relations in our country,” Hirt said.

Minneapolis police officers were investigating reports of a suspect who may have deposited packages just before the trial resumed.

Officers were seen conducting a thorough search of trash cans around the heavily fortified courthouse. It is unclear whether anything has been found.

Buildings are still being boarded up around the city which remains on high alert amid fears that the Chauvin Trial could lead to violence similar to the eruption of immediately after Floyd’s death last spring.

Hirt spoke to DailyMail.com on Tuesday morning as Chauvin's trial entered its second day

Hirt spoke to DailyMail.com on Tuesday morning as Chauvin's trial entered its second day

Hirt spoke to DailyMail.com on Tuesday morning as Chauvin’s trial entered its second day

“This process is about the value of a black man’s life in American society, and it is representative of where we stand with the race relations in our country,” Hirt said.

Minneapolis police officers were investigating reports of a suspect who may have deposited packages just before trial resumed Tuesday

Minneapolis police officers were investigating reports of a suspect who may have deposited packages just before trial resumed Tuesday

Minneapolis police officers were investigating reports of a suspect who may have deposited packages just before trial resumed Tuesday

Minneapolis officials have been preparing for possible turmoil around the process for months and have come up with a plan called Operation Safety Net.

The mission of the operation is to support peaceful protests and to prevent violence.

The first phase of the operation was completed during the two-week selection by the jury. Phase two began Monday with opening statements, followed by phase three during jury deliberations and phase four when a verdict is reached.

Two thousand Minnesota National Guard members were called up for the operation, as well as 1100 law enforcement officers.

“You will see a greater presence, it will be a combination of both the National Guard and law enforcement,” said Mayor Jacob Frey.

The access roads are closed and the buildings have a double layer of concrete barricades. Barbed wire bails spiral between the blocks and steel fences loom above them.

Windows are boarded up to close the court off to the public and green tarpaulin covers the railing at the parking lot and entrance which is believed to be reserved for jurors whose anonymity will be strictly guarded.

Armored vehicles and members of the National Guard are at the ready, in a security effort estimated to have cost more than $ 1 million.

The Hennepin County Government Center was heavily fortified prior to the Chauvin trial

The Hennepin County Government Center was heavily fortified prior to the Chauvin trial

The Hennepin County Government Center was heavily fortified prior to the Chauvin trial

On Tuesday buildings are still boarded up around the city which is still on edge

On Tuesday buildings are still boarded up around the city which is still on edge

On Tuesday buildings are still boarded up around the city which is still on edge

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