50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed | TheHill
Hundreds more National Guard troops were deployed in the wake of widespread protests as well as looting and arson in Minneapolis on Friday night, with nearly 50 people arrested in the city.
More than 2,500 officers are in the city working to keep the peace, Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said during a press conference, CNN reported.
Harrington said the events have led to one of the largest police forces Minnesota has ever experienced, adding that resources are too thin to ward off the thousands of protesters estimated to be in attendance.
“We recognized that we simply did not, even with the numbers that I’m talking about, have enough officers and personnel to meet all of those missions safely and successfully. We picked missions based on our capacity,” Harrington said.
He added that the officers focused their efforts on downtown Minneapolis and the 5th Precinct area.