SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP/KCAU) – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she is keeping the National Guard deployed and ready to step in if demonstrations over the death of George Floyd turn violent.
The Republican governor deployed National Guard troops to the scene of a violent protest in Sioux Falls on Sunday night after stores were vandalized and protesters hurled rocks at police.
Her comments came shortly after President Donald Trump told governors in a video conference call they “look like fools” for not deploying more National Guard members to demonstrations across the country.
Noem said she would keep the National Guard “pre-staged” nearby protests planned in other cities.
South Dakota Gov. Noem held a news conference in Sioux Falls on Monday.
The conference was held at the Sioux Falls Police Department Law Enforcement Center, 320 W. 4th Street in Sioux Falls.
It discussed the developments that surround the violent rioting and looting that happened on Sunday night in Sioux Falls.
Watch the replay of the live stream above or on the KCAU 9 News Facebook page.