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Governor Tim Walz deploys MN National Guard, State Patrol to Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS, MN-- The Minnesota National Guard and State Patrol have been called to Minneapolis amid unrest in the city.

Governor Tim Walz declared a Peacetime Emergency in Minneapolis Thursday, which led to the Minnesota National Guard being mobilized, along with 150 Minnesota State Patrol troopers to provide support.

“Minneapolis, it’s time to heal. We must rebuild and recover. Dangerous, unlawful behavior will not be tolerated. The Minnesota National Guard and State Patrol are headed to Minneapolis to help restore order. I remain in close contact with the city and every state resource stands ready to help bring peace,” said Governor Walz.

This comes after unlawful and dangerous violence and looting in Minneapolis.

According to the Associated Press, the unrest broke out Wednesday after what authorities said was misinformation about the suicide of a Black homicide suspect.

The National Guard was mobilized at the request of Mayor Jacob Frey.

People stole merchandise from a Target store and set a popular British pub on fire.

Some businesses were damaged, including some outside of downtown.

Police say the homicide suspect fatally shot himself as officers approached.

Another curfew will go into effect at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

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Austin Haskins

Meteorologist/Web Producer

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