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Walz to mobilize MN National Guard in full as widespread violence continues

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Governor Tim Walz said the unrest in Minneapolis overnight Saturday was a "mockery of pretending this is about George Floyd's death."

During a Saturday morning news conference, Gov. Walz said he is fully mobilizing the Minnesota National Guard for the first time in the state's history. Officials expected to have more than 2,400 National Guard members on the ground Saturday.

“The 148th Fighter Wing is part of the Minnesota National Guard. We are supporting multiple missions to include security and incident command in the Twin Cities area,” said 148th Fighter Wing Commander, Col. Chris Blomquist.

Despite an 8 p.m. curfew, fire and looting raged overnight across Minneapolis.

Walz said the state estimated that 80 percent of those on the streets Friday into Saturday were from out of state. 20 percent were from Minnesota.

There were no injuries reported. Overnight, state officials said they arrested 50 people.

A curfew order was in place again for Saturday starting at 8 p.m.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

Kevin Jacobsen

News Director

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