Officials reported that Minnesota’s National Guard has been deployed again after Derek Chauvin, the former police officers involved in George Floyd’s killing, was released from jail.
“Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of Minnesotans, we have asked the Minnesota National Guard to prepare to assist in keeping the peace,” Gov. Tim Walz stated.
No Reports of Violent Protesters
One hundred Guardsmen, plus another 100 state troopers and 75 conservation officers will be activated with the state Department of Natural Resources and prepare for a potential response if protests escalate into rioting.
The department spokesman John Elder said they “are aware of current and future possible flashpoints that present challenges on both a local and national level" and "continue to work with our various communities to ensure our residents’ First Amendment rights to lawfully and peacefully protest are protected while maintaining public safety for all."
No reports of violence have been reported so far as protesters gathered at the center of Minnesota. At another place in town, some demonstrators were shouting Floyd's name, while others called for the prosecutors of the cops involved in Floyd's death.
Derek Chauvin, 44, is accused of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter. On Wednesday, the defendant was released from Hennepin County Jail on bail for $1 million.
Video evidence showed Chauvin pressing his knee on Floyd's neck for approximately nine minutes during a police response over a presumed forgery. The $20 bill provoked global protests against police brutality and racial justice that continue.
Attorneys for Floyd's family called Chauvin's release a "painful reminder" that justice is still far from being achieved.