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Gov. Tim Walz requests law enforcement help, funding


April 20, 2021

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

Gov. Tim Walz, seen in 2019, is requesting additional law enforcement resources and seeking more funding as Derek Chauvin's trial wraps up.

Gov. Tim Walz is marshaling law enforcement help from other states and asking the Legislature for more funding as the state juggles the conclusion of the Derek Chauvin trial and tensions over the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright.

The extra "surge capacity" of law enforcement is necessary to be prepared for a verdict in the trial, officials said Monday, after deploying unexpected resources last week to respond to protests in Brooklyn Center, where Wright was killed.

"We cannot allow civil unrest to descend into chaos. We must protect life and property," Walz said, but he added state leaders must also listen to communities in pain and people on the streets, "many of whom were arrested for speaking a fundamental truth that we must change, or we will be right back here again."


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