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Sat May 30, 2020, 02:19 PM

13. Republican legislative leaders are complaining that the guard was called too late

The Star Tribune reported on Friday:

“Above all else, this is a failure in leadership, and that leadership rests on Gov. Walz’s shoulders. The governor cannot blame the mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul,” said GOP Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka. He said Walz should have called in the National Guard right away and a couple of thousand guard members should have been activated, instead of hundreds. Gazelka also said he believes there needs to be more proactive arrests of people committing crimes, and a curfew should have been in place by Thursday.

Walz said that Thursday night he was following a process of waiting for Minneapolis leaders to request assistance before sending in the National Guard. “We were staying in the lane that we were asked to support this,” he said. But after watching the situation deteriorate around the Third Precinct, he said the decision was made shortly after midnight to move in. Soldiers arrived around 3:45 a.m. — by which time it had long been on fire.

Gazelka said Walz should not be asking others for a plan. “It was obvious that the Minneapolis mayor was in over his head. And I think that’s where the governor needed to respond with emergency powers and commander-in-chief over our National Guard — the National Guard was simply waiting for a plan of action,” Gazelka said.


Gov. Walz called the Guard on Thursday, after the protests escalated into arson and looting on Wednesday. How does that turnaround time compare to past deployments of state national guards?

- August 14, 2016: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) activated the National Guard one day after rioting began in Milwaukee over a police shooting.

- April 27, 2015: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) activated the National Guard two days after violence began to escalate over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

- August 18, 2014: After nearly a week of violent clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson following the police shooting of Michael Brown, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) activated the National Guard, following a curfew that began effective August 16.

- April 30, 1992: Just hours following the acquittal of the police officers who beat Rodney King, California Gov. Pete Wilson (R) activated the National Guard at the request of L.A. mayor Tom Bradley (D).

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