Minnesota’s Democrat Governor, Tim Walz, has maintained a state of emergency in the counties around Minneapolis following the Derek Chauvins verdict.
Governor Tim Walz declared the state of emergency in response to the “looting” and “damage” caused by Black Lives Matter protesters in both Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center. Brooklyn Center was the center of recent unrest after the police fatally shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright on the 11th of April. The state of emergency is for the counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington, with curfews to be announced on a day by day basis, if necessary. In a statement, Governor Walz said the police chiefs of Minneapolis and Saint Paul asked for out of state assistance with policing, called Operation Safety Net.
“Many Minnesotans have expressed their frustrations in a peaceful and constructive manner,” said Governor Walz, “[but] recent events in Brooklyn Center have exhausted Minnesota’s local and state resources and are likely to hamper our ability to provide public safety.” More than 3,000 servicemen from the Minnesota National Guard were already on deployment in the city, with steel and concrete fencing surrounding the courtroom of Mr. Chauvin’s trial.
Chauvin was on trial for the killing of George Floyd in police custody on May 25, 2020, and was ruled guilty on all three charges on April 20. Those charges were second degree murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter. He will be sentenced in eight weeks. George Floyd’s death sparked hundreds of protests and riots across the nation that called for reform and defunding the police and the criminal justice system. The Associated Press reports that city officials believe damage from the protests of George Floyd’s murder in May 2020 costed around $350 million. Residents and business owners have boarded up windows in preparation for riots, similar to the riots that occurred last May.
The Governor of Minnesota, in a news conference on Monday, said in a statement, “We can’t live like this. We simply can’t. But we can’t have thousands of businesses burned and people put at risk.” In his declaration of the state of emergency, Governor Walz wrote, “Recent events in Brooklyn Center have exhausted Minnesota’s local and state resources and are likely to hamper our ability to provide public safety and protect critical infrastructure and key resources in the seven-county metro area in the coming week.”
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