Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has announced the full mobilization of the State National Guard. As Fox News notes, this has never happened in the 164-year history of the power structure. We’re talking about 13,000 National Guards.
Riots continue in Minneapolis, the largest city in the state, caused by the death of George Floyd, to whom the police used force in his detention. The footage of the brutal detention has triggered mass actions, which have turned into riots and confrontations with the police.
“The tactics and approach we initially chose will have to change. This is a very sensitive topic, and the justified anger and rage caused by the murder of George Floyd were expressed in a very healthy way during the rallies on Tuesday, as well as to some extent on Wednesday. But by Thursday it was all gone, and last night was a mockery, just an act of pretending that it was all in memory of Floyd, either to fight inequality or because of the historical trauma of racial minorities,” the governor said.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey added that most of the belligerents were not locals, they came to take advantage of the situation and pour oil into the fire of controversy.
“This is no longer a protest. This is violence and it needs to stop,” he said.
The head of state and the mayor said the organizers were not locals. Walz said it’s not possible to arrest the instigators.
“The worst part is that what’s happening is like a military operation is when you see the organizers moving from one place to another,” he said.
On Monday, May 25, George Floyd was apprehended by police and this moment was on video, which then spread to social networks. The footage shows black Floyd lying handcuffed on the pavement. One of the policemen who detained him pressed him to the ground with his knee on his neck. Floyd says he can’t breathe a few times and then passes out. He was hospitalized and died in the hospital.
After that, protests broke out in Minneapolis. People took to the streets demanding that the police officers who used force in the arrest be punished. The unrest subsequently erupted in many cities across the country.
The police officer involved in the arrest of George Floyd was arrested.