Michigan National Guard activated to ensure peace in Grand Rapids and Lansing

Posted at 10:22 PM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 10:00:44-04

The Michigan National Guard has been activated in Grand Rapids at the request of Mayor Rosalynn Bliss.

The move was made to ensure peace and protect against any further property damage.

“Protecting the health and safety of Michiganders continues to be my number on priority,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “The Michigan National Guard is already assisting with humanitarian efforts in communities across the state. Guard members will remain nimble and ready to ensure peace and the safety of people and property during these unprecedented times.”

The Michigan National Guard will provide support to local authorities for as long as is necessary.

“I am deeply appreciative of the Michigan National Guard for providing assistance to our city in maintaining safety and order for our community,” said Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss. “Public safety is our top priority and we appreciate the support as we confront these challenging circumstances.”

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor says he welcomes the support as well.

“The Lansing Police Department and other area law enforcement continue to actively monitor demonstrations downtown and at the Capitol,” said Lansing Mayor Andy Schor. “We welcome the Michigan National Guard as an additional partner to increase our public safety preparedness as issues evolve. They are a great force multiplier to protect Lansing residents and area businesses this evening.”