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Friday, May 29, 2020

Minnesota activating National Guard amid protests, looting after death of George Floyd

Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Thursday, activating the Minnesota National Guard as Minneapolis, St. Paul and Oakdale have been beset by protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in police custody.

Looting has erupted at various locations in St. Paul and Minneapolis.

“Local leaders have requested National Guard resources after extensive damage to private property occurred and peaceful protests evolved into a dangerous situation for protesters and first responders,” Walz’s office said in a statement Thursday.
The National Guard will work with local government agencies to provide personnel, equipment and facilities. The Guard is in the process of assigning and preparing units to respond, according to Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen.
“It is time to rebuild,” Walz said in a statement. “Rebuild the city, rebuild our justice system, and rebuild the relationship between law enforcement and those they’re charged to protect. George Floyd’s death should lead to justice and systemic change, not more death and destruction. As George Floyd’s family has said, ‘Floyd would not want people to get hurt. He lived his life protecting people.’ Let’s come together to rebuild, remember, and seek justice for George Floyd.”
About 200 Minnesota State Patrol troopers will also be assisting for the next several days.

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