Minnesota Gov. Tim WalzTimothy (Tim) James WalzViolent protests, fires erupt in Minneapolis over George Floyd death Omar condemns use of rubber bullets, tear gas on crowds at George Floyd protest Four Minneapolis officers involved in death of unarmed black man fired MORE (D) activated the Minnesota National Guard on Thursday in response to violent protests that erupted in Minneapolis this week over the death of George Floyd.Walz signed an executive order calling up National Guard troops “to help protect Minnesotans’ safety and maintain peace in the wake of George Floyd’s death.” He said local leaders had requested its resources after demonstrations turned violent.ADVERTISEMENT“While many Minnesotans are taking extensive safety precautions while exercising their right to protest, the demonstration last night became incredibly unsafe for all involved,” he said in a statement. “The purpose of the National Guard is to protect people, to protect people safely demonstrating, and to protect small business owners.”Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died earlier this week as he was being detained by four police officers. A video shot by a bystander shows Floyd on the ground and one of the officers with a knee on Floyd’s neck as the unarmed man says he can’t breathe.DEVELOPING
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