DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia sent out a memo to all department personnel on Monday, April 19, letting them know, no more time off will be approved for the time being, as a Minneapolis jury has begun deliberating the fate of former police officer, Derek Chauvin.
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He has maintained his innocence and has chosen not to testify in his own defense.
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Cities across the country are bracing for what comes next.
The full memo from Chief Garcia reads:
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The following proactive measures are being taken in preparation for any protests resulting from the Chauvin trial. Effective today, April 19, 1021. there will be no approval of exceptional leave for sworn members of the department until further notice. Any pre-approved leave that has already been established, will be granted and honored. In addition, all sworn officers are required to have their uniform and equipment ready and available while on duty.