Philadelphia Police On Heightened Alert Ahead Of Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict

Howard Monroe reports.

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- Headlines now. There is a heightened police presence in the city of Philadelphia. The elevated security comes as calls for justice echo both here and all across the country.

- This is now.

- Large crowds, as you can see, rallied the Broad and Callowhill Streets yesterday. They called for justice ahead of closing arguments in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis. Now, their demands have grown even more pronounced after the killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright by police in Minnesota. Eyewitness News reporter, Howard Monroe, is live at Police Headquarters for us this morning with the very latest. Howard.

HOWARD MONROE: Jane, walking through Central City yesterday and this morning, you can definitely sense a heightened police presence. Now, they say there are no known threats as of yet. However, they say they are preparing for the worst. Now police and city officials told business owners in areas that were hit hard last summer to board up. Many businesses in Port Richmond are taking that advice. It took many of them months to recover from looting and damage.

Police have also installed metal fences and are monitoring social media. They say a lot of planning happens via the internet. Police are also adding increased patrols by making scheduling changes and then asking for help from the state police and federal government. With closing arguments in the Derek Chauvin trial scheduled for tomorrow, city leaders are asking that there not be a repeat of last summer.

MAYOR JIM KENNEY: Let's just not go back to destruction because it's too hard to rebuild.

COMMISSIONER DANIELLE OUTLAW: While most folks in our city will notice an increased presence, we will do everything possible to avoid causing disruptions to the daily lives of our residents and visitors.

HOWARD MONROE: Now police say that their goal here is to not be caught off guard again. They have admitted that they were unprepared for those demonstrations last summer. Live at Police Headquarters, Howard Monroe, CBS3 Eyewitness News.

- All right, Howard. Thanks so much. Faith leader--