Minnesota State Tim Walls has activated the state’s National Guard to maintain peace in Minneapolis, where protests over the death of George Floyd have turned violent and devastating.
“It’s time to rebuild. Rebuild the city, rebuild our justice system, and rebuild the relationship between law enforcement and those they are charged with protecting, ”Valls said in a statement. “The death of George Floyd will lead to justice and systemic change, not excessive death and destruction.”
Walls Signed the executive order Angry activists set fire to several buildings during the two-day riot, claiming that troops were “protecting peaceful protests” in a city that activated the Minnesota National Guard on Thursday.
“As governor, I will always defend the right to protest,” Walls added. “This is how we express pain, process sadness and create change.”
Floyd, a black man, is seen in a viral video backed up by a white Minneapolis police officer with the help of three other policemen, and shouts, “I can’t breathe” before he dies in police custody on Monday.
All four officers have been fired. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has called for the prosecution of the officer who filmed Floyd being strangled, while Derek Sauvign pleaded with city residents to keep quiet.
Floyd’s brother, Pilonis Floyd, said Thursday that he understood the anger among protesters earlier in the day, though the family argued for peaceful protests.
During a CNN interview, he said, “Black people are constantly, and are, tired of seeing them die again.
Lieutenant Gov. Peggy Flanagan said troops were needed after Wednesday night’s demonstration “which turned out to be incredibly insecure for all involved.”