Minnesota National Guard members and police officers on a neighborhood security team were met with gunfire Sunday morning in the northern area of Minneapolis, leaving two with minor injuries, Breitbart reported.
The Minnesota National Guard said in a tweet that “a light-colored SUV fired several shots at [a Minnesota OSN] security team providing neighborhood security.”
— MN National Guard (@MNNationalGuard) April 18, 2021
“One Guardsman sustained an injury from shattered glass requiring additional care and was taken to a local hospital to receive treatment,” the Guard added. “The other Guardsman received only superficial injuries.”
“Volatility and tension”
In a statement, Major General Shawn Manke, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General, said “[t]his event highlights the volatility and tension in our communities right now.”
“I ask for peace as we work through this difficult time,” he added, according to Breitbart.
Just over 500 National Guard troops are currently deployed in Minnesota, but reports indicate that number is expected to increase in anticipation of a verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, which could come within the next few days as lawyers wrap up their closing arguments.
Chauvin could be convicted of one of several different charges including second or third-degree murder, or manslaughter.
He could also be acquitted on all charges if the jury sides with the defense that 46-year-old George Floyd could have died last May as the result of a drug overdose as he was being arrested, regardless of Chauvin’s actions.
Judge and jury
Activists and organizers have already suggested they would encourage rioting if Chauvin doesn’t get the book thrown at him, and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) encouraged unrest far more than former President Donald Trump ever did over the weekend, urging protesters to “stay on the street” indefinitely if Chauvin is acquitted, according to The Sun.
Emotions are already running high near Minneapolis as another police shooting took place last week when a female officer apparently grabbed her gun instead of a taser and shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center as he was allegedly trying to flee in his car to avoid arrest.
The officer in question has already resigned and been charged with second-degree manslaughter, even as the family demands harsher charges for what the police chief, who has also resigned, has claimed was an “accidental” shooting, according to NPR.