Here you will find information from the City of Minneapolis regarding preparations and ongoing information regarding the upcoming Derek Chauvin trial.
You will also find ViNA safety tips to keep our community connected and safe, as last years civil unrest brought outside intruders to our community which negatively impacted our city and neighborhood.
- March 8: Jury Selection begins for Derek Chauvin trial
- March 29: Opening statements, State of Minnesota’s case begins vs. Derek Chauvin
- Trial duration: approximately 2-4 weeks
- August 23: Trial proceedings begin for J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao trial
Updated tip line 612-673-5335. Call to provide tips about suspicious activity that doesn’t require an immediate Police, Fire or EMS response, such as vehicles driving without license plates.
Business and property owners can call 612-673-2499 with questions about business operations during the trial and general information about regulations and resources
Multi-lingual Radio Programs Providing information on Chauvin trial.
- City’s multi-lingual radio programs.
- La Raza 95.7 FM (Spanish) – “Mi Ciudad” La Raza 95.7 FM y 1400 AM (Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m.) La Raza playlist.
- KALY 101.7 FM (Somali) – “Magaaladayda Minneapolis” KALY (Thursdays, 3/25, 4/8 and 4/22 from 2-3 p.m.) Playlist unavailable.
Community Building Keeps Neighborhoods Safe
Don’t Recreate Policing With Community Watch
Quick tips for non-Black neighbors
The best way to protect your neighborhood is to invest in community building directly with neighbors. Community watches often recreate the violent police state we are attempting to uproot, especially if we don’t organize thoughtfully. Here are a few tips to build community and an effective community watch.
• Doorknock your block and introduce yourself.
Go to every house. The goal is to be known to all of your neighbors, not just those who were invited to organize.
• Provide your contact info and your house number.
Make sure your block is well connected. If giving out your contact info to known neighbors makes you nervous, please question why you want to do community watch. If neighbors of color don’t share back, don’t be suspicious. You haven’t earned their trust. Ask if they have folks nearby to connect with and trust their answer.
• Be present and visible as a neighbor.
If you have a porch, a stoop, or a big street-facing window, try to be visible several times per hour. Keep your lights on. Bad actors are less likely to come into a neighborhood that is present and active. Keep eyes on houses that are unable to do this themselves.
• Disarm folks by engaging them.
If you see someone you don’t recognize, say something simple like “Hey – you good?” Engage rather than attempting to scare, threaten, or make assumptions by reporting them. They might just be trying to get home.
• Document what you observe, but only report when something actually happens.
The goal of community watch is to promote safety, not to recreate police surveillance and targeting. That first step is visibility and presence. The second is sharing information. Only report when and what has actually happened that poses a credible threat. Try to only share information that you’ve witnessed, or name the source if it’s second-hand. Try not to create panic by making judgments of what “seems suspicious.”
• Send direct, plain language updates in one message.
Provide only the factual information in a useful way: “Red Chevy truck, plates XXX-123, slowly headed south on Nicollet from 24th Street, 3 white men inside flashing automatic rifles. 12:31AM” That’s it. That’s the update.
If there were no automatic rifles in that update, is it still a threat? Interrogate why or why not.
Safety Tips and Contact Information
Knowing Thy Neighbor Is The Best Way To Keep A Neighborhood Safe
Become a Block Ambassador with ViNA. This is a great way to get to know your neighbors and help stay connected. For More information, reach out to email@example.com
Go meet your neighbors and share contact information with one another to keep each other connected and informed.
Clean up yard debris and trash
Put trash bins and other items in your yard or garage to help reduce opportunities for potential fires.
Keep outdoor lights on all night.
If you haven’t already, connect your water hoses to your outdoor water supply.
Utilize the City of Minneapolis 311 non-emergency number for service requests, report non-emergency problems like trash, graffiti, potholes or get City information. 311 sends the issue to the corresponding City departments to resolve. Check out our 311 Youtube videos
- Send a text message to 311TXT (311898) with the keyword of the information you’re looking for.
- The computer will automatically send you the relevant information (for best results, send as few words as possible. For example, send the word “snow” instead of “when is my street getting plowed.”
- More information about how texting 311 works.
Report suspicious activities and suspicious vehicles without plates to the tip line. Tip line 612-673-5335 or text a Tip to MPD Tip #847411.You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org which has been set up by Senator Scott Dibble. Only report when and what has actually happened that poses a credible threat. Not judgements of what seems “suspicious”
If you have an emergency, or to report something dangerous utilize 911
Report suspicious behaviors to the FBI at tips.fbi.gov/contact or call 1-800 CALL FBI.
Take care of yourself as self care is necessary.
Be kind to each other.
Home Security Rebate Funds are Currently Exhausted.
The Victory Neighborhood enjoys a low crime rate in large part due to the interconnectedness of neighbors. ViNA works to support a strong network of block clubs which are encouraged to host regular block gatherings, maintain block contact lists, and welcome new residents. Block clubs result in neighbors being able to look out for one another better.
ViNA also offers home security improvement rebates. The organization will reimburse residents 50% of their costs (up to $500) for home security improvements. To receive the rebate, residents must first attend one of ViNA’s home security workshops or complete a home security assessment with the Minneapolis Police Department.
ViNA’s safety activities are primarily overseen by its Livability Committee. The committee meets the second Tuesday of most months at 6pm at the ViNA office. New members are welcome at any time.