The Ohio State Patrol will be sending state troopers to Minnesota after Governor Tim Walz (D-MN) requested assistance in response to the on-going civil unrest that followed after the killing of Daunte Wright by former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter.
Ohio State troopers are expected to arrive in Minnesota this week and will assist 'key state facilities' in order for Minnesota State Patrol troopers and Department of Natural Resources conservation officers to focus on the civil unrest plaguing the metro areas, ABC5 reported.
Minnesota State Patrol’s primary focus is currently on the civil unrest in Brooklyn Center following the accidental officer-involved killing of Daunte Wright– after former police officer Kim Potter unfortunately mistook a taser for a handgun.
Since the shooting, citizens have partook in nightly violent riots in Brooklyn Center which forced Governor Walz to deploy the Minnesota National Guard for assistance. The civil unrest in Minnesota shortly precedes the upcoming verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trials in Minneapolis, which is expected to be announced early this week.
As Saturday marked the seventh consecutive night of civil unrest in Brooklyn Center, criminal activity sparked after Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) crossed state lines and incited violence in Minneapolis. Shortly after the democratic representative's call for violent rioting, shots were fired at the Minnesota National Guard.
Speaking at a rally Saturday night, Maxine Waters called for protestors to "stay on the street" and to "get more confrontational" if Chauvin is acquitted. She also told protestors to "fight for justice," and to continue to defy the curfew that was issued by the Mayor of Brooklyn Center.