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National Guard Activated Following Protests

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(KVHT) – Both the states of South Dakota and Nebraska have activated the National Guard after protests turned violent over the weekend. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem brought in National Guard troops following protests that took place in Sioux Fall over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. According to reports, the protest in South Dakota’s largest city started Sunday afternoon with a march downtown. Police said dozens of protesters later congregated at the Empire Mall and began throwing rocks at officers. Several businesses in the area of the Empire Mall had windows damaged. Police said protesters had dispersed by 11 p.m. Noem said about 70 Guard members will remain in the city until they are no longer needed. Meanwhile in Nebraska, officials are imposing a curfew and the Nebraska National Guard is being mobilized to help police after a man was killed during a demonstration in downtown Omaha. The shooting occurred at around 11 p.m. Saturday in the city’s Old Market area and within a couple of blocks of where protesters had gathered. Police said they arrested someone within the hour in connection with the shooting of 22-year-old protester James Scurlock.

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