Military puts police units on alert for possible deployment to Minnesota for protests

Three defense officials confirmed to CNN that military police units at three US bases — Fort Riley in Kansas, Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York — have received “prepare to deploy” orders should Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz request federal assistance.

A separate official told CNN any units from Fort Drum would be drawn from the 10th Mountain Division.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley “have personally spoken with Governor Walz twice in the last 24-hours and expressed the department’s readiness to provide support to local and state authorities as requested,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman said in a statement Saturday.