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Unrest In The Twin Cities: Senate Committee Reports Minneapolis Police Requested National Guard Early

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- Minneapolis police called early for help from the National Guard during the unrest following George Floyd's death, according to new evidence released by a Minnesota Senate committee.

The Republican-controlled Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee says a Minneapolis police commander sent a detailed request on May 27, just after 9 p.m.

The administration of Gov. Tim Walz has said there was no formal request, so the National Guard was not called until Thursday.

The committee also reports there was a plan to hold the Third Precinct without loss of life, but Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey overruled that plan. The Third Precinct was overrun and burned.

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