Law/Justice

Minneapolis approved funding to hire social media influencers to spread information about ex cop Derek Chauvin’s trial

By Taylor Ardrey

The Minneapolis City Council greenlit funding to hire social media influencers to spread information to the public during the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, who knelt on George Floyd’s neck during an arrest last year.

WCCO-TV reported that the city council approved more than $1.1 million to invest in communications on Friday. Six influencers will be paid $2,000 to deliver information to the public, especially to “Black, Native American, Somali, Hmong, and Latinx communities,” the report 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 Minneapolis city spokesperson told Insider in a statement.

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