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Minnesota National Guard And Police Gear Up For Third Night Of Riots

Minneapolis, MN – Law enforcement officers and Minnesota National Guard soldiers will be posted up around the Twin Cities Metropolitan area in an effort to prevent Tuesday from devolving into a third consecutive night of rioting.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued a 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew in Hennepin, Dakota, Anoka, and Ramsey Counties on Monday night, but it did nothing to stop rioters from looting and torching businesses throughout the metro area.

Walz said on Tuesday that law enforcement officials recommended he forgo imposing an additional curfew, Bring Me The News reported.

Any further curfews will be imposed at the discretion of local municipalities, the governor said.

No cities had announced curfew restrictions for Tuesday as of early afternoon, Bring Me The News reported.

Minnesota Operation Safety Net (OSN), a joint effort between multiple law enforcement agencies and the National Guard, said residents should expect to continue seeing more Minnesota National Guard members throughout the metro area “over the next few weeks.”

“They are here to: Preserve and protect lawful First Amendment non-violent protests and demonstrations [and to] Prevent large scale violent civil disturbances, assaultive actions, property damage, fires, and looting to government buildings, businesses, and critical infrastructure,” the OSN tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.

The violent uprisings began on Sunday night in the wake of the officer-involved shooting death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) issued a press release on Monday identifying Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter as the officer who shot Wright while police were trying to arrest him on a warrant during a traffic stop.

Wright resisted arrest and jumped back behind the wheel of his vehicle during the confrontation, bodycam footage showed.

Officer Potter, 48, was placed on “standard administrative leave” before resigning Tuesday along with Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon, ABC News reported.

Chief Gannon told reporters during a press conference on Monday that Officer Potter mistook her duty pistol for her Taser during the encounter with Wright, USA Today reported.

The department released bodycam footage from the traffic stop showing Officer Potter yelling “Taser! Taser! Taser!” prior to firing her firearm.

The bullet hit Wright, who died from his wounds at the scene.

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said he is hoping to have criminal charges drafted in the case by Tuesday or Wednesday, according to the Star Tribune.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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