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Walz declares emergency in Twin Cities, bringing in troopers from Ohio and Nebraska

The governor has asked the Legislature for emergency funding for the additional police.

Gov. Tim Walz has declared a peacetime emergency in the 7-county Twin Cities, a move that will allow his administration to bring in state troopers from other states in the wake of Daunte Wright's killing by police, and ahead of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.

As part of the declaration, Walz has announced he has made a request under the federal Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) to bring in law enforcement help from Ohio and Nebraska "in advance of the Derek Chauvin trial verdict."

The Ohio Highway Patrol had already confirmed it was sending 100 troopers to Minnesota, with Walz saying Ohio and Nebraska troopers will be "assigned to security missions at key state facilities."

This in turn will allow Minnesota State Patrol troopers and Minnesota DNR officers to "support Operation Safety Net in the metro area."

Walz says the move is necessary despite the growing criticism from some in the Twin Cities about the ongoing security measures and street-level presence of police and soldiers in recent weeks.

“As the world awaits a verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, we need support in our efforts to preserve the First Amendment right of peaceful protests while protecting public safety,” said Governor Walz. 

"I am grateful to our colleagues in Ohio and Nebraska for their willingness to provide assistance and relief to our State troopers and law enforcement officers as they continue to work to keep the peace in our communities."

It comes after Walz made a request to the Minnesota Legislature for emergency funding to increase the law enforcement numbers in the Twin Cities, with the Minnesota Senate approving $9 million in funding by a 48-19 vote. It remains to be seen if it passes the DFL-controlled House.

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