Workers set fire to police, police fired, and demonstrations became a new normal in the twin cities early Saturday when Minnesota Gov. Tim Wallace (D) called it an “incredibly dangerous, difficult, and dynamic” situation that caused the greatest deployment of civil law enforcement. in the history of the state.
More than 2,500 police and local troops and the National Guard – forces larger than the mass riots of the late 1960s – began defending firefighters who tried to put out the blasts and forced them to arrive at 8 p.m. the curfew was called by some groups that infiltrated the protests and inflicted “unwarranted destruction” on Minneapolis and St. Paul.
“I can fully understand the anger,” Waltz told a news conference. “But it’s not sad. … It’s not about George’s death. … It’s about creating chaos.”
The governor said he was taking responsibility for underestimating the level of violence that erupted after the arrest of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chavin, explaining that its number exceeded the thousands of people who spilled on the city streets. Law enforcement agencies – backed by 1,000 National Guard soldiers – began holding a curfew around 11:30 p.m. and found that they were changing tactics throughout the night, retreating to protect various assets, including the 5th police department.
Adjutant General of the National Guard of Minnesota Major General John A. Jensen confirmed that the state was not consulted, but considered it reasonable for the Pentagon to intensify the military police in case they need help to restore order. About 1,000 National Guard personnel responsible for service this weekend will join the police in the twin cities.
State and local officials are expecting another big protest later Saturday and have expressed concern that anarchists, criminals and other groups will mix with legitimate grievances and incite more destruction.
“These people want nothing more than to inflame the conflict,” Waltz said.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) said the city’s resources were overstated.
“We’re like a city much bigger than that.” We as a city can be much better than that, ”he said.“ There is no honor to burn your city. … If you care about your community, you will have to put it to an end. This needs to stop. “