Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has declared a local emergency in this Minnesota city because of the riots that broke out over the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after being arrested by the police. US President Donald Trump has warned in a tweet that he will do everything necessary to maintain order, including sending in police and military personnel.
Through a statement issued by his office, Frey has specified that Minneapolis has requested assistance from the Minnesota government, including authorization for the National Guard to assist authorities in “restoring security and calm due to civil unrest” following Floyd’s death. Frey had already asked the National Guard for help in trying to “keep the situation under control”.
The emergency will be in effect for 72 hours and provides Frey with the ability to use “immediate” emergency regulations.
In this context, the Minnesota National Guard has reported through the social network Twitter that they have deployed 500 soldiers to be distributed between Minneapolis and Saint Paul, the state capital, while the protests continue in both locations.