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Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I have some breaking news on the situation surrounding the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police department and the activities occuring in Minneapolis.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) on Thursday activated the state’s National Guard to respond to the upheaval over the death of 46-year-old George Floyd in police custody, as federal and local officials said they continue to investigate.
Minneapolis area leaders sought Thursday to reassure the public and begged for calm amid nationwide outrage and local protests that gave way to destructive fires, looting and violent clashes. The unrest came during mounting calls for criminal charges against a white police officer shown in a viral video holding his knee on the neck of Floyd, who was black. Floyd repeatedly said “I cannot breathe” before he was taken from the scene without a pulse.
The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday called on the Justice Department to investigate whether the death of George Floyd was part of a “pattern or practice of unconstitutional conduct” by the Minneapolis Police Department.
The mayor of St. Paul asked people to stay home amid a “rapidly devolving” situation in the capital, as police there said they were trying to disperse groups damaging property and looting.
Officers used tear gas on protesters gathered outside a St. Paul Target where police have struggled to maintain order throughout the day and said they have been assaulted.
Floyd’s family will seek an independent autopsy of his body because it does not trust Minneapolis city officials, an attorney for the family said Thursday on CNN.
Floyd’s death also sparked rallies in other parts of the country Wednesday. In Memphis, a crowd gathered outside a police building and chanted “No justice, no peace.” In Los Angeles, protesters blocked a freeway and confront a highway patrol vehicle.
Police officers fired tear gas Thursday afternoon into a crowd of protesters at a Target in St. Paul, where unrest over George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis has spread. Officers barricaded the department store entrance with their vehicles and stood in front, some holding batons.
Across the street, the windows of a Verizon store and a vitamin shop had been shattered, and looters had taken some items. City police said throughout the day that they were responding to looting and property damage as well as objects thrown at officers, and dozens of people had stormed the Target earlier and attempted to take merchandise without paying, police said.
Store owners in the area rushed during the afternoon to board up their windows and hang signs that read “black-owned business” or “community-owned business.”
Across the street from Victoria and University, at Metro PCS, an African American man who identified himself only as Frank guarded his store with his employees and friends.
“We want to see peace prevail but tensions are high right now,” he said. “The pain and the things people are feeling right now is rooted for years.”
Frank’s childhood friend, Joe, a graduate student at Metro State University standing guard with him, said: “This ain’t anger, this is pain. This is the type of stuff we need to address in the black community. They need to stop the brutality against black people.”
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz activated the National Guard on Thursday evening as the Minneapolis area braces for another night of demonstrations that have grown in intensity and, at times, destruction.
The Guard will coordinate with local agencies and the Minnesota State Patrol to provide “personnel equipment and facilities needed to respond and recover from this emergency,” according to a statement from the governor’s office.
Police departments in the Twin Cities area have been struggling to maintain order after initially peaceful gatherings in Minneapolis on Wednesday devolved into chaos overnight. Walz’s order came after Minneapolis’s mayor declared an emergency and as police said they were responding to looting and vandalism in neighboring St. Paul. Businesses in Minneapolis and surrounding metros preemptively shuttered in anticipation of unrest.
Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody on Monday touched off a wave of grief, frustration and anger against the Minneapolis Police Department, which has long faced accusations of racism and unjust use of force, particularly against black residents.
“As Governor, I will always defend the right to protest,” Walz (D) said in a statement. “It is how we express pain, process tragedy, and create change. That is why I am answering our local leaders’ request for Minnesota National Guard assistance to protect peaceful demonstrators, neighbors, and small businesses in Minnesota.”