A National Guard neighborhood security team was attacked in a drive-by shooting, according to The Blaze.
“A light-colored SUV fired several shots” at one of the security teams connected with Operation Safety Net.
Operations Safety Net is a “joint effort among the Minneapolis Police Department, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the State of Minnesota and local jurisdictions” to “ensure the safety of the public during the trial of Derek Chauvin; committed to protecting people, property, and freedom of speech.”
Two Minnesota National Guard members were injured from the drive-by shooting.
“One Guardsman sustained an injury from shattered glass requiring additional care and was taken to a local hospital to receive treatment.”
“The other Guardsman received only superficial injuries.”
Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke, the Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard stated, “I am relieved to know none of our Guardsmen were seriously injured.”
“This event highlights the volatility and tension in our communities right now. I ask for peace as we work through this difficult time.”
Minnesota National Guard harassed in Minneapolis (explicit language): pic.twitter.com/m3klF86Kf1
— Alpha News (@AlphaNewsMN) April 17, 2021
From The Blaze:
In a separate incident, video posted by Alpha News shows a man verbally harassing Minnesota National Guard members in Minneapolis on Saturday.
The Minnesota National Guard will attempt to provide security during the trial of Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis Police Department officer who was involved in the arrest of George Floyd, who died in police custody last May. Chauvin has been charged with second and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd. The trial is expected to reach a conclusion this week, and many expect widespread violence and riots in Minneapolis if Chauvin is not convicted.
The Minnesota National Guard attack happened hours after Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) told protesters “get more confrontational” if Chauvin is not found guilty of murder.
With the concern of violence because of the Chauvin trial verdict, Minneapolis Public Schools decided to not hold in-person learning from Wednesday to Friday, April 21 through 23.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) told WCCO-TV, “The verdict is going to be a pivotal point in our state’s history, and how we respond to that is going to shape us.”