The city of Carmel announced it plans to sue the city of Minneapolis for the costs the Indianapolis suburb has incurred as it has bolstered security to deal with protests and possible violence.
Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard issued a written statement Monday saying the city has retained outside legal counsel and is planning to take action against Minneapolis for the negligence it displayed when city police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes following an arrest.
Brainard said he is seeking to recover costs associated with an increased police force he deployed Saturday in response to threats made on social media. Brainard pointed to windows broken at a Kohl’s store at 9895 N. Michigan Road as an example of vandalism that would not have occurred if not for the Minneapolis officers’ negligence.
“It is unfortunate that there are some who have taken advantage of the situation and escalated the peaceful civil protests into violent riots, where there is further loss of life, injuries and senseless destruction of public and private property,” Brainard said.
Thousands of people have protested in Indianapolis, with the events devolving into rioting that left smashed windows and looting across downtown. Other major cities have also experienced violence and vandalism.
Carmel has not experienced a significant number of problems, although Brainard said he quadrupled the number of officers on patrol in reaction to concerns about possible problems.
On Monday, Carmel officials were expecting a Black Lives Matter protest at 5 p.m. near Main Street and Range Line Road, according to The Current newspaper.
Brainard said other cities should join Carmel’s suit, which has not been filed. “Those in power need to understand the far-reaching consequences of their actions,” he said.
The city released a statement from Carmel Police Chief Jim Barlow, who expressed disappointment in the actions of the police in Minneapolis.
“Police departments are there to protect and serve all members of their communities. That means all its residents, business owners, employees, visitors and public and private property. We train our officers and reemphasize the importance of respect for the community,” Barlow said. “We rededicate ourselves to protecting the safety of those who want to express themselves, but will not hesitate to stop any illegal activities in our community.”