Walz activates MN National Guard as George Floyd protests escalate in Minneapolis

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Gov. Tim Walz has authorized the MN National Guard to assist local government agencies as tensions rise following the death of George Floyd.

MINNEAPOLIS — In the wake of mounting tension after the death of George Floyd, Governor Tim Walz announced Thursday he had signed an executive order to activate the Minnesota National Guard at the request of local leadership.  

Executive Order 20-65 authorizes the guard to work with local government agencies to provide “personnel, equipment and facilities” to help respond to the present emergency, according to a news release put out by the governor’s office.

“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

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