VIDEO: National Guard convoys seen leaving Minneapolis

Tommy Wiita
Updated: April 23, 2021 03:44 PM
Created: April 23, 2021 03:00 PM

The Minnesota National Guard shared a video Friday showing some National Guard convoys heading out of Minneapolis. 

"Convoys of @MNNationalGuard vehicles are heading out of the city today as members of the Minnesota National Guard come off duty and return to their families and communities," the Minnesota National Guard stated in a tweet. 

On Wednesday, law enforcement leaders in charge of the coordinated response known as Operation Safety Net said they started the process of scaling back the immense security presence in downtown Minneapolis. At one point 3,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen were deployed to the Twin Cities.

Fencing and barbed wire, along with thousands of members of the Minnesota National Guard have been in place since the start of the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, which ended on Tuesday. That presence has prompted some to compare the appearance of downtown to a "war zone."

National Guard, police to begin scaling back security in downtown Minneapolis

Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke announced that National Guard members would begin leaving as early as Wednesday morning.

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