Minneapolis seeks assistance from National Guard for Super Bowl

Getty Images

Minnesota will soon be hosting the championship game of the National Football League. And Minnesota wants help from its National Guard.

Via Libor Jany of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Governor Mark Dayton has been asked to mobilize the National Guard to assist with security in connection with the Super Bowl. In a letter to Dayton, Mayor Betsy Hodges and Mayor-elect Jacob Frey wrote that Minneapolis police “cannot by themselves meet of all the safety and security needs of the 10 days of Super Bowl LII while maintaining public-safety operations for the entire city.”

The National Guard members would handle matters such as “pedestrian safety, traffic control, security for key venues and infrastructure, and transport,” allowing police officers to focus on other tasks.

Per the report, Minneapolis officials characterized the request as routine. If that’s the case, shouldn’t the request have been baked in to the proposals and other plans prepared months ago? It seems that it’s all happening now, only weeks before the event.

18 responses to “Minneapolis seeks assistance from National Guard for Super Bowl

  1. God, I miss the old days when we didn’t even bother to lock the doors of our home because we felt safe and didn’t live in fear. Now we need the National Guard to keep us “safe” during a SuperBowl? #SAD

  2. I think events since the intial proposals have shown that tighter sevurity than before is needed. Their ‘value’ as a target only seems to go up and the types that do this stuff are forever looking for what will get attention.

  3. If anything this is good training in the real world that would have been done in a simulated experience. Exactly the reason flyovers are a good thing…training. And I get to see America’s best in action!

  4. Public officials have access to information we don’t, and everyone knows there are groups, domestic and foreign, which would like to disrupt the Super Bowl. It’s a sad situation, but a reality of life today.

  5. I ‘worked’ the WTC and the presence of guys with rifles, in uniform, wearing masks and asking ME for I.D. (wearing a police uniform) was bizarre.

    As bad as that whole situation was and continues to be, it made me realize that living in a place without military rifles on every corner, is called a democracy.

    If the NG are needed, then use them. But it’s very odd seeing them. Some of them feel all empowered (I know, like some police) and therefore, proceed with caution.

    The city should not have gotten the SB. What if the NG is actually needed?

  6. snowlock2013 says:
    December 6, 2017 at 2:07 pm
    Welcome to MN where our police chiefs are elected based on political correctness, not competence.
    ———
    Sad but true.

  7. backintheday99 says
    The city should not have gotten the SB. What if the NG is actually needed?

    ———————
    Better safe than sorry… and being safe has nothing to do with the location. Unfortunately all you have to do is look at the Olympics, marathons, bike paths, outdoor concerts, churches, schools, etc, etc, etc…

    Regarding what the NFL should do with the SB…if the NFL is going to make money off of northern teams and use tax payer money to do it… they should rotate the SB between all 32 NFL stadiums.

    But, with the attendance of LA games this year maybe it would be safer if it was held there… smaller crowds.

  8. snowlock2013 says:
    December 6, 2017 at 2:07 pm
    Welcome to MN where our police chiefs are elected based on political correctness, not competence.
    ————————————-
    Huh, I assumed their police chief was a former professional wrestler, actor or something.

  9. Lots of people talking about how negative the world is. Could it possibly because the National Guard is mostly funded by the Federal government and that the cities police force is funded by the state. They could spend less from their state budget. It’s that simple. The world isn’t that bad once you get off the internet.

  10. Love all the moronic comments. Does anyone have an idea if this is consistent with prior Superbowls? Or do you clowns just like spouting off about crap you have no clue about.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!