Gov. Noem calls in National Guard to help in violent protests in Sioux Falls
PIERRE, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem has activated the National Guard to immediately assist with violent riots in Sioux Falls.
“South Dakota hoped for the best but prepared for the worst. We activated the National Guard the minute things turned violent in Sioux Falls,” said Governor Noem.“This is a specialized unit that is prepared for situations like this. We take protection of rights very seriously, including the right to peacefully protest, but rioting and looting will not be tolerated in South Dakota. Make no mistake, mob rule and violence do nothing to honor the memory of victims.”
The Guard was ready and immediately was deployed within minutes of the order that was given.