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Updated: May 31, 2020 06:55 AM
Created: May 30, 2020 02:40 PM
UPDATE 5:30 a.m.
After a night where law enforcement restored some order to the Twin Cities, the Minnesota National Guard tweeted a picture of some soldiers.
The picture showed a couple dozen guardsmen sleeping with the caption, "It's been a long night for Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen."
It's been a long night for Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen. pic.twitter.com/ePMw3Cgsh3
The National Guard said Sunday morning that more than 5,025 soldiers and airmen are activated with plans to continue activation in the coming days.
It called Saturday night's successful operation an organized show of force and said 19 missions were completed to support local authorities and keep the community safe and secure.
UPDATE 12:30 a.m.
The Minnesota National Guard says it is in a "positions of strength" greater than previous nights in the Twin Cities as it responds to protests in response to the death of George Floyd.
During a press conference Saturday night, Maj. Gen Jon Jensen said, "We are fully-integrated and unified with law enforcement, fire, Emergency Management Systems, and all state agencies to ensure the safety of our citizens. We know there is a long way to go tonight and we are prepared for that."
UPDATE 9:59 p.m.
The Minnesota National Guard is reporting that more than 4,100 citizen-soldiers have been deployed in the Twin Cities as protests and unrest continue following the death of George Floyd.
The Guard says it is quickly moving toward having 10,800 airmen and soldiers deployed.
We now have more than 4,100 — quickly moving toward 10,800 — Minnesota Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen supporting our friends and neighbors in the Twin Cities. This is a significant increase over the 700 on-duty Friday. We live here. We work here. We serve here. We’re all in. pic.twitter.com/WorKOI9ZCa— MN National Guard (@MNNationalGuard) May 31, 2020
Following the deployment, President Donald Trump tweeted, saying,"The National Guard has been released in Minneapolis to do the job that the Democrat Mayor couldn't do. Should have been used 2 days ago & there would not have been damage & Police Headquarters would not have been taken over & ruined. Great job by the National Guard. No games!"
The National Guard has been released in Minneapolis to do the job that the Democrat Mayor couldn’t do. Should have been used 2 days ago & there would not have been damage & Police Headquarters would not have been taken over & ruined. Great job by the National Guard. No games!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020
Minnesota state officials and leaders are creating plans Saturday to stop unrest and riots in the Twin Cities.
Gov. Tim Walz has signed an executive order for a citywide curfew starting at 8 p.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday.
During the curfew, nobody is allowed to travel on Minneapolis or St. Paul streets or public places, except for first responders, members of the media, people going back and forth to work, individuals seeking emergency care or fleeing danger, and people experiencing homelessness.
"We need your help in complying with the curfew," Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said during a midday news conference Saturday. "That's what we're asking for. There are people who are trying to tarnish the reputation of noble protesting."
In a thread of tweets, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he wants people to stay inside and that breaking the curfew will be helping "the people using the crowds as cover to prey on Minneapolis and destroy community."
By being out tonight & breaking the 8pm curfew, you are helping the people using crowds as cover to prey on Minneapolis & destroy community.— Mayor Jacob Frey (@MayorFrey) May 30, 2020
We are now confronting white supremacists, members of organized crime, out of state instigators, and possibly even foreign actors to destroy and destabilize our city and our region.— Mayor Jacob Frey (@MayorFrey) May 30, 2020
We need your help tonight. We need you to stay home tonight.— Mayor Jacob Frey (@MayorFrey) May 30, 2020
So we can focus on saving our city from those who would destroy it.
Saturday morning, Walz announced that he has called for the full mobilization of the Minnesota National Guard.
KSTP reporter Tom Hauser was able to get a video of Minnesota National Guard Convoy entering Minneapolis.
Hauser states that the entrance of the National Guard is a "part of a historic, full mobilization of up to 13,000 MN National Guard troops."
A remarkable MN National Guard convoy just now entering Minneapolis via Interstate 394 coming from the west. Part of a historic full mobilization of up to 13,000 MN National Guard troops. #kstp #5eyewitnessnews pic.twitter.com/LTCEQJX9JO— Tom Hauser (@thauserkstp) May 30, 2020
The National Guard also addressed a rumor, saying it does not plan to disrupt cellphone service Saturday night.
RUMOR CONTROL: The @MNNationalGuard has no plans to disable or disrupt cell phone service in the Twin Cities tonight.— MN National Guard (@MNNationalGuard) May 30, 2020
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said metro area hospitals reporting security concerns will receive extra help.
Metro-area hospitals reporting security concerns during recent rioting will get extra help tonight. The Multi-Agency Command Center (MACC) is coordinating to ensure medical facilities, resources and their patients remain safe. #MACCMN— MnDPS_DPS (@MnDPS_DPS) May 30, 2020
The city of Minneapolis issued the following safety tips and considerations:
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