Gov. Walz activates MN National Guard after Derek Chauvin’s release from jail

MGN MN National Guard stationed near 38th & Fourth Avenue in Minneapolis

Gov. Tim Walz activated the Minnesota National Guard Wednesday to assist local law enforcement in the Twin Cities metro following former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s release from jail.

Chauvin was released from Oak Park Heights prison after posting a $1 million bond. He and three other former officers are awaiting a March 2021 trial for the killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day.

“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,” said Gov. Walz.

The mobilization follows a request made by the City of Minneapolis in light of recent public safety concerns regarding Chauvin posting bond. The Minnesota National Guard is currently mobilizing 100 National Guard soldiers as well as providing equipment and facilities needed to support public safety services. 

Additionally, the Minnesota State Patrol has mobilized 100 state troopers and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has mobilized 75 conservation officers to aide local law enforcement.