The Minnesota National Guard has been activated in anticipation of riot as the federal trial of three officers charged in connection to George Floyd's death comes to a close.
This week, Former Minneapolis Police Officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas K. Lane, and Tou Thao are expected to stand trial on charges they violated Floyd's civil rights.
Governor Tim Walz made it clear that the National Guard will help keep the peace while allowing for peaceful demonstrations:
“Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of Minnesotans, and at the request of the city of St. Paul, I have authorized the Minnesota National Guard to make preparations to assist local law enforcement agencies as needed,... The National Guard will be available to help keep the peace, ensure public safety and allow for peaceful demonstrations.”
In addition to the National Guard, the city of Minneapolis has also requested assistance from the state of Wisconsin. Officials in Minnesota have yet to say how many Minnesota National Guard members will be deployed, or when.
Hopefully this time the riots will kept under control. What do you think?