Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order late Wednesday night activating the Minnesota National Guard to provide safety and protection for Clay County and surrounding areas during demonstrations planned in Fargo in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
“The Minnesota National Guard stands ready to provide protection for all Minnesotans,” said Governor Walz. “While Minnesotans turn their attention to rebuilding our communities and reexamining racial inequities in the wake of George Floyd’s death, our administration is committed to providing protection for our neighborhoods, businesses, and families in order for those meaningful conversations to happen.”
Local law enforcement authorities are aware of threats of violent activities during demonstrations planned in North Dakota that could impact nearby Minnesota communities.
This executive order is effective immediately. There are plans in, set in Fargo, for Friday afternoon for a peaceful protest however there are concerns about repeat of past violence.