Derek Chauvin’s fate may become a catalyst for extremist-group violence, the Department of Homeland Security is warning.
As Chauvin’s murder trial for the death of George Floyd continues in Minneapolis, anarchists and white supremacists “may attempt to exploit activities and events surrounding the legal proceeding,” warns in an intelligence briefing obtained by ABC News.
“Violence could occur with little or no warning,” the briefing says.
Listed as potential threats for sudden violence are the anti-government “boogaloo” movement and anarchists, the briefing says.
White supremacists are already saying online that the Chauvin trial could lead to a race war, it adds.
And “black separatist groups” may target law enforcement officers or government property if Chauvin is acquitted, if there is a mistrial, or if a potential sentencing is seen as too lenient, the briefing warns.
Foreign entities such as al Qaeda and ISIS, too, could use the Chauvin case to “sow discord by portraying the trials as indicative of a racist and divided American public,” the document adds, according to ABC.
Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for Floyd’s death, and faces up to 40 years in prison.
He died from low oxygen levels while being restrained by ex-Minneapolis cop Chauvin — and a healthy person would have suffered the same fate if put in the same position, a world-renowned respiratory expert testified for the prosecution on Thursday.
Three other former Minneapolis police officers — Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng — are due to stand trial on charges of aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter in the case.