MN National Guard activates more than 500 soldiers

MN National Guard activates more than 500 soldiers

Officials say people rioting breached the Minneapolis Police Department's Third Precinct and set fire to the building. MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota National Guard has activated more than 500 soldiers to assist local law enforcement as riots erupt around the Twin Cities. The National Guard sent out a tweet late Thursday night announcing the activation, saying "A key objective is to ensure fire departments are able to respond to calls." As of 10:30 p.m. Thursday night, officials say people rioting breached the Minneapolis Police Department's Third Precinct and set fire to the building. Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder said in a statement that they had evacuated the building due to safety concerns shortly after 10 p.m. "Protesters forcibly entered the building and have ignited several fires," Elder said in a release. RELATED: MPD Third Precinct burns as protests continue following George Floyd's death RELATED: How to help Lake Street's small businesses
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