Minnesota Is Calling Other States for Assistance, Let’s Hope Nobody Plays Politics

MINOT, N.D. — As we all wait for the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, and brace ourselves for more violent rioting, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is turning to other states for law enforcement backup.

On Monday, April 19, Walz “declared a peacetime emergency for the seven-county metro area and announced that the state would tap police resources from other states ahead of a decision in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer,” Dana Ferguson reports.

That’s appropriate. Some elements of the Black Lives Matter movement are violent extremists with a demonstrated ability to overwhelm even large police forces. Having back up on call is just the responsible thing to do.

I just hope no state, called on for assistance, will treat Minnesota the way Minnesota treated North Dakota during another instance of violent political activism.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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