Minneapolis Protestors Set Police Precinct Building on Fire; Governor Calls in National Guard

May 29, 2020
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Cheering protestors torched a Minneapolis police station Thursday after it had been abandoned by police amid the third night of protests marred by looting and violence over the death of George Floyd, the AP reports. Police confirmed that the station had been abandoned shorty after 10 p.m. local time. President Trump responded by blasting the “total lack of leadership” in Minneapolis. “Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he tweeted. Earlier Thursday, Walz called in the National Guard as looting and rioting were reported throughout the region. In St. Paul's Midway neighborhood, a crowd of 50 to 60 attempted to loot a Target store, although police were able to block the entrances. Looting then shifted to other spots in the city. By early evening, more than a dozen stores were smashed, and firefighters were battling a number of small fires. “Please stay home. Please do not come here to protest. Please keep the focus on George Floyd, on advancing our movement and on preventing this from ever happening again,” tweeted St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, who is black. Walz urged widespread changes in the wake of Floyd’s death. “It is time to rebuild," he tweeted. "Rebuild the city, rebuild our justice system and rebuild the relationship between law enforcement and those they’re charged to protect."

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