Walz activates Minnesota National Guard following developments in Floyd case

Gov. Tim Walz activated the Minnesota National Guard Thursday afternoon following developments in the case against the four former officers charged in the fatal arrest of George Floyd.

Thursday morning, Judge Peter Cahill ruled the trial would proceed for former officers. He also dismissed the third-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin, but kept the second-degree murder charge.

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Walz said the mobilization of the National Guard was made following a request from the city of Minneapolis.

The Minnesota State Patrol has also mobilized state troopers as part of a coordinated response.