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Minneapolis To Hire 6 'Influencers' To Spread City-Approved Messaging To Public During Derek Chauvin Trial

February 27, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Some activists and legal experts are concerned about this decision by the council.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis authorities are investing in six social media influencers, with a large local following, to help push their message and prevent riots during the murder trial of a fired police officer.

On Friday, the Minneapolis City Council approved $1,181,500 for communication with the community during the trial. READ MORE: Police: 15-Year-Old Carjacking Suspect Arrested In St. PaulThe City says the six influencers will be intentionally targeting Black, Native American, Somali, Hmong and Latinx communities with their messaging during the trial.

In a full statement from the Minneapolis City Council, they said:

The City is collaborating with social media partners to share public information with cultural communities and to help dispel potential misinformation during the upcoming trials of the former officers involved in the killing of George Floyd.

The recommendations for which social media messengers to partner with come from the City’s Neighborhood and Community Relations staff.

Toussaint Morrison is an activist with a strong social media influencer himself, with a following of over 11,000 user on Instagram.

“The key word here is ‘city-approved’,” said Morrison, “what do you think the message is going to be?

“It really reflects that they know there’s a lack of trust between community and city institutions and that’s real, let’s be honest about that, that’s real,” said Davis.

While Morrison’s social media following could make him a candidate for this new city position, he plans to remain an independent resource during the Chauvin trial.

“I don’t think they’ll reach out to me,” said Morrison, “I hope they don’t because I don’t want them to waste their time. ”MORE NEWS: Heat From Fire Caused Loaded Gun To Discharge, Injuring Wisconsin FirefighterThe city council plans to discuss more details on these new positions in a public online briefing on Monday at 10 a. m.

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