Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced Saturday he has authorized “full mobilization” of the state’s National Guard -something that has never been done in the 164-year history of the Minnesota National Guard.
Walz, who has been hammered by residents, critics and the press for his response to the crisis in his state, pushed back on the idea that the protests, which have turned increasingly violent, now have anything to do with George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minneapolis killed by white police officer Derek Chauvin.
“The tactics and the approach that we have taken have evolved and need to evolve the same way, with a sensitivity to the legitimate rage and anger that came after what the world witnessed in the murder of George Floyd and was manifested in a very healthy gathering of community to memorialize that Tuesday night, which was still present to a certain degree on Wednesday,” he said, adding, “By Thursday it was nearly gone and last night is a mockery of pretending this is about George Floyd’s death or inequities or historical traumas to our communities of color.”
If the police stopped murdering people, there would be no riots.
If the authorities respected people's fundamental freedoms, there would be no public outrage.
— Andrew Stroehlein (@astroehlein) May 29, 2020
BREAKING: Minnesota governor activates National Guard after two nights protests that followed the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody. https://t.co/on4lX1qN41
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 28, 2020