KIMT News 3 -- Gov. Tim Walz addressed the media at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday about the growing danger as rioting, looting, and fires raged on in Minneapolis.
Firefighters are trying to extinguish fires throughout the city during the fourth night of unrest after the death of George Floyd.
“This is not grieving, and this is not making a statement … this is life-threatening, dangerous to the most well-qualified forces to deal with this,” Walz said. “This is not about George’s death. This is about chaos being caused.”
Walz said this is the largest civilian deployment in the state’s history — three time the size during the race riots of the 1960s.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey joined the governor to urge rioters to go home.
Shots have been fired at law enforcement, according to Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington.
650 Minnesota State Patrol troopers are responding to the situation in the Twin Cities, Governor Walz said. Minnesota State Patrol, local law enforcement, and the Minnesota National Guard are working in a Multi-Agency Command Center (MACC) activated Friday by Governor Walz. The MACC is coordinating the state’s public safety response to protests and demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd's death.
In the wake fo the continuing violence, Republican Party of Minnesota Chairwoman, Jennifer Carnahan, released the following statement calling for Governor Tim Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey to resign:
"For four straight nights we have helplessly watched our neighborhood businesses be looted and destroyed, we've watched as violent protesters have rioted in our streets and forced public transport and major thoroughfares to shut down, and we have watched our city burn to the ground."
"Governor Walz and Mayor Frey have been largely silent, other than a handful of unhelpful tweets and press conferences blaming everyone, but themselves. Minneapolis is decimated. Minneapolis is damaged to a level we never could have imagined. The destruction caused this past week will unfortunately live in our memories forever. It's a dark stain on our state."
"These gentleman have demonstrated they are not equipped to run Minneapolis or Minnesota. Their inaction has led to riots across our country. Our state can not move forward or start to heal with either in office. We call for the resignation of both, so no additional harm and damage comes to our people and state."