MN National Guard activated to provide assistance during Potter trial

(ABC 6 News) – Governor Tim Walz announced that he is preparing the Minnesota National Guard to provide public-safety assistance if necessary during the trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter.

The mobilization to readiness follows a request made by the City of Brooklyn Center and Hennepin County.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we are prepared to ask members of the Minnesota National Guard to be available to support local law enforcement with the mission of allowing for peaceful demonstrations, keeping the peace, and ensuring public safety,” said Governor Walz.

At this time, the Minnesota National Guard will not be proactively assuming posts throughout the Twin Cities. Should they be needed, Guard members will operate in support of local law enforcement. The state will provide additional law enforcement resources, including the Minnesota State Patrol, if a coordinated response to aid local law enforcement is necessary.

The Governor’s actions Wednesday are authorized by Executive Order 21-06.