Updated Apr 27, 2021 - News

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz approves $7.8 million for Chauvin trial costs

National Guard members at the Hennepin County Government Center

Members of the National Guard watch as people react to the verdict outside the Hennepin County Government Center. Photo: Emilie Richardson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed into law Tuesday $7.8 million in additional funding to cover law enforcement costs incurred during the Derek Chauvin trial.

The big picture: The measure, which passed both chambers with bipartisan support earlier in the day, marked a rare agreement in the divided legislature.

  • It was opposed by some Democrats, who have raised concerns about funding law enforcement without additional police accountability measures.

The details: The bill will reimburse Minnesota for State Patrol, Department of Natural Resources conservation officers and other law enforcement who came from out of state. In addition to the trial, involved officers responded to protests over the police shooting of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center.

Of note: A separate measure to set aside up to $35 million to reimburse the city of Minneapolis for trial security costs, including money owed to neighboring law enforcement departments that agreed to help, stalled earlier in the session.

  • A city spokeswoman said officials are still tallying the total tab and will seek aid from the state if they can.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that the legislation was signed into law.


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