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The Minnesota National Guard has announced that 500 members are “activated” as the Chauvin trial appears to be nearing a close—and says it’s sped up plans to activate more guardsmen following a fatal police shooting near Minneapolis Sunday.
Police in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center fatally shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright, who is Black, during a traffic stop. Wright’s death spurred demonstrations, during which protesters clashed with police.
The @MNNationalGuard has just over 500 personnel activated in support of @MinnesotaOSN as of this morning. The @MNNationalGuard had plans in place to increase that number in the coming days as closing arguments approach in the trial of Derek Chauvin.
We are in the process of expediting those plans to bring additional Guardsmen on duty in response to the events overnight in Brooklyn Center. We will continue to assist in protecting lives and property and maintaining peace in Minnesota’s community.
Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell’s questioning has emphasized that Floyd did not have to die during his arrest, with Rich testifying: “I believe that Mr George Floyd’s death was absolutely preventable”.
“Do you have an opinion as to whether George Floyd would have lived if not for Mr Chauvin’s subdual and restraint” for more than nine minutes, Blackwell asks.