‘You Need to Go Home’ says Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz as Protests Over Death of George Floyd Continue

Date: 2020-05-30 09:06:41

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The governor of Minnesota said he understood the “rage” amid violent protests in the state, but argued “this is not grieving” in a statement Saturday morning.

Thousands of protesters ignored a curfew and vows of a forceful police response to take to the Minneapolis streets for a fourth straight night, as the anger stoked by the death of George Floyd in police custody spread to more cities across the US.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said the situation was “incredibly dangerous” and that the current state of the city of Minneapolis was more like a “military operation”.

National Guard and police were seen lined up in the streets, coming as the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty US military police units on alert to deploy to Minneapolis on Friday.

Walz said to put the size of the security and emergency response into perspective, “the force that we have out there now is about three times larger than the one in the 60s, which was the largest during the race riots.”

Unrest spread across dozens of cities following Floyd’s death, who died after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck while taking him into custody.

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