Chauvin is on trial for the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year, an event that triggered protests against police in cities across the country – including the nation’s capital.
Floyd’s death – and the ensuing protests – prompted city governments to reconsider how police forces were managed, leading many to call for defunding departments altogether.
Similar events in recent weeks – including the shooting death of Daunte Wright in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center – have revealed that the wounds of last summer have not healed altogether.
In preparation for possible protests, the District is canceling time-off requests for all D.C. police and civil disturbance units.
In addition, officers will be expected to work 12-hour shifts, and National Guard will be on hand to support local law enforcement.
They will reportedly be mobilized starting Monday.