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Minnesota Governor Walz signs Executive Order activating National Guard to “protect the people”


This news story was published on May 28, 2020.
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Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin bravely reaches for his pepper spray to battle citizens begging for George Floyd’s life, who could not breath.

ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-65, activating the Minnesota National Guard to help protect Minnesotans’ safety and maintain peace in the wake of George Floyd’s death. 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.

“It is time to rebuild. 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,” said Governor Walz.

“The anger and grief of this moment is unbearable. People deserve to be seen. People deserve to be heard. People deserve to be safe,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “While many Minnesotans are taking extensive safety precautions while exercising their right to protest, the demonstration last night became incredibly unsafe for all involved. The purpose of the National Guard is to protect people, to protect people safely demonstrating, and to protect small business owners.”

“As Governor, I will always defend the right to protest,” Governor Walz continued. “It is how we express pain, process tragedy, and create change. That is why I am answering our local leaders’ request for Minnesota National Guard assistance to protect peaceful demonstrators, neighbors, and small businesses in Minnesota.”

The National Guard Adjutant General will work with local government agencies to provide personnel, equipment, and facilities needed to respond to and recover from this emergency.

Additionally, the Minnesota State Patrol will assist in public safety efforts for the next several days. Approximately 200 troopers will work with state, county, and local community and public safety partners. State Patrol helicopters and fixed wind aircraft will also be available to assist law enforcement officers on the ground.

This Executive Order also declares a peacetime emergency, which activates the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to help coordinate the state’s response. As the SEOC is already activated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will concurrently support the COVID-19 response and the City of Minneapolis and surrounding communities during this situation.

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd died while in custody of the Minneapolis Police Department. The Walz-Flanagan Administration is committed to addressing the systemic inequities and discrimination that led to this incident and seeking justice.

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26 Responses to Minnesota Governor Walz signs Executive Order activating National Guard to “protect the people”

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 30, 2020 at 11:06 am

    Wow! His wife just divorced him.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 30, 2020 at 10:46 am

    Massive protests turned destructive erupt across the nation. Tonight will be Saturday night. This police officer has been involved in several deaths while in uniform. Numerous grand jury transcripts sealed on his police brutality accusation. He still, was on the force till most recently. FBI looking into serial killer status on this idiot. He murdered him. 3rd degree or was it.

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    mint Reply Report comment

    May 30, 2020 at 7:37 am

    https://youtu.be/SGrwWDIOZ_Q, wake up the elite have an agenda, stay close to Jesus, be of the world not part of it, people are being deceived by those who hate Jesus, they want to instill chaos, love your neighbor as yourself, love your enemies.

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    mint Reply Report comment

    May 30, 2020 at 7:24 am

    Did this cop just say “actor’s neck”, you decide here is the video, https://youtu.be/6G8GHNqlM7U

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    mint Reply Report comment

    May 30, 2020 at 7:19 am

    Smith Mundt Act, Agenda 21, Agenda 2030,just another psychological operation, https://youtu.be/OLKe0T-Itsc, question if a person was getting chocked how would that person be able to speak at all let alone clearly?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 30, 2020 at 1:57 am

    The true power of the internet is a person’s social media contacts. Information pours in at a rapid rate by first hand accounts. Reliability is based on your conclusion. Tonight could signal the worst riots ever in living memory. And everybody’s wearing a mask. One in four Americans are now unemployed. And the virus is spiking here in Iowa and in the south. It’ll get worst. Massive lay offs are just getting started. Stay home.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 30, 2020 at 1:34 am

    Like the virus this will impact everyone. He did indeed murder him. And once the shooting starts there is no going back. America burns. So sad. RIP

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 29, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    I pay 35-40% of income in tax to let these idiots not work all day and riot all night.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      May 30, 2020 at 6:24 am

      40 million Americans are currently unemployed. That equates to 1 in every 4 people. If you are really paying 35-40% in income tax then you are the real idiot. Get a better accountant.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 29, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    Do any of these people have JOBS !!!!

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      May 30, 2020 at 6:29 am

      40 million people are unemployed. 1 in every 4 adults. Maybe Trump should offer them jobs to help build the big beautiful wall at our border that Mexico is paying for?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 29, 2020 at 11:31 pm

    Public education on display….
    What’s 1 dead black man + liberal leaders =

    2 free TVs
    Case of vodka
    George Soros bucks

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 29, 2020 at 8:51 am

    What does more violence do to resolve actions of a cop who is bad! More job losses, more destruction—-Kaperdick is encouraging violence so he’s no better than the bad cop who will be incarcerated!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 29, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Hope they enjoy their new TV’s and other things stolen from innocent business owners. And stand proud of all the damage they created that someone else must clean up. You can’t steal a conscience. Obviously many weren’t born with one.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 29, 2020 at 8:49 am

    YOU ARE ALL COWARDS FOR CHOOSING OUTRAGE OVER RATIONAL THOUGHT”…

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 29, 2020 at 8:49 am

    I was so horrified, devastated, angry about what happened to this poor man. Now they have managed to overshadow his death with destruction and looting. Maybe, if they want me to pay attention, they need to have a bit of respect and not use it as an opportunity to get a new TV

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      May 29, 2020 at 9:02 am

      Colin Kaepernick asked us to pay attention and he was fired because of it. He was doing it peacefully. Maybe someone will listen now. Did you notice that the person who started the rioting and looting was a white man?

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        May 29, 2020 at 11:24 am

        Do you mean the stupid cop?

        How could you possibly know who started it?

        Obviously, you are one of the entitled idiots. There is not shortage of entitled idiots, and the sooner we start ‘thinning the herd’ the better. A few dead idiots, and the rest will ‘wise up’…maybe.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          May 29, 2020 at 11:34 am

          Autozone store was the first store to be vandalized and looted. This is that AutoZone store. You are a dickhead

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            Anonymous

            May 29, 2020 at 5:07 pm

            Duh.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 29, 2020 at 8:48 am

    The irony is not lost: the looters and rioters are exactly the reason society can get jaded. Good people pay the price for their behaviors and bad attitudes day in and day out. It’s the mirror they refuse to look at as the victim cards get dealt out.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 29, 2020 at 7:50 am

    The State Patrol helicopters need to be equipped with M134’s and used.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      May 29, 2020 at 11:26 am

      Yes they do.

      There is no substitute for good old fashioned deterrence.

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    Drone 1 Reply Report comment

    May 28, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    Look what this idiot wrought. National disgrace as this night will be long one. The world has changed. People have smartie phones now. These riots and the Coronie at the same time is blowing up big time.The amount of tear gas released in Denver is frightening as reported by social media. Who burns down a police station in the Twin Cities. Nightmare.