The Minnesota National Guard wrote on Twitter late Thursday night, announcing that it’s activating over 500 soldiers to St. Paul, Minneapolis and the surroundings in an effort to calm the ongoing riots that have been growing more and more violent, with at least one death reported so far and countless buildings robbed and torched.
We have activated more than 500 soldiers to St. Paul, Minneapolis and surrounding communities. Our mission is to protect life, preserve property and the right to peacefully demonstrate. A key objective is to ensure fire departments are able to respond to calls.
— MN National Guard (@MNNationalGuard) May 29, 2020
As of 10:30 p.m. Thursday night, officials say that rioters have breached the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct, with videos surfacing on Twitter showing the building on fire.
— Danny Spewak (@DannySpewak) May 29, 2020
“Protesters forcibly entered the building and have ignited several fires,” Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder said in a statement, noting that the building was evacuated shortly after 10 p.m.