Walz Activates National Guard After Developments in George Floyd Case

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[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz today (Thursday) activated the Minnesota National Guard to assist local law enforcement in public safety efforts in the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area.

“In light of developments in the George Floyd case (click here), we’ve taken the precautionary step of asking the Minnesota National Guard to prepare to help ensure safety for Minnesotans,” said Governor Walz. “I want to remind Minnesotans that today’s ruling marks a positive step in the path toward justice for George Floyd.”

The mobilization follows a request made by the City of Minneapolis in light of public safety concerns following Hennepin County Court rulings in the case of Derek Chauvin today. The Minnesota National Guard is currently mobilizing 100 National Guard soldiers as well as providing equipment and facilities needed to support public safety services. 

Additionally, the Minnesota State Patrol has mobilized state troopers as part of a coordinated response to aid local law enforcement.

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