Minnesota National Guard debunks social media rumors around protests

Protests with Native Americans
Photo credit Entercom/Brandon Ison

Several rumors have been announced that the Minnesota National Guard will be using different tactics to help maintain control and order in Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs. The Minnesota National Guard has been quick to shut down these rumors via their Twitter account. 

One of the first rumors to surface was that cell towers will be shut down to stop communication between protestors. Below is the response from the National Guard.

RUMOR CONTROL: The @MNNationalGuard has no plans to disable or disrupt cell phone service in the Twin Cities tonight.

— MN National Guard (@MNNationalGuard) May 30, 2020

Another rumor that was debunked, was that the video which depicted nonlethal shots being fired at civilians standing on their porch after curfew was done by members of the Nation Guard. This in fact was not the case, as no members of the National Guard were present.

RUMOR CONTROL: The law enforcement officers in this video are not members of the @mnnationalguard. https://t.co/6aIkvBkVRs

— MN National Guard (@MNNationalGuard) May 31, 2020

Other rumors have surfaced claiming that tanks will be brought into the city. The National Guard tweeted photos explaining that tanks will not be in the city but a variety of different tactical vehicles will be used.

We are, however, using tactical vehicles that are meant to transport personnel and equipment including Light Medium Tactical Vehicles, Humvees and Armored Security Vehicles. pic.twitter.com/GbKQPS52eG

— MN National Guard (@MNNationalGuard) May 31, 2020

As more develops out of Minneapolis the Minnesota National Guard continues to be on top of rumors that could be misleading.