Protestors in Minneapolis burned down the police precinct where cop who killed George Floyd worked
The Minneapolis crowd pissed off with death of George Floyd poured their anger on the police precinct in which the cop who killed Floyd by burning it down on the third night of the protests.
The officers at the station were powerless against the crowd and the decision was made to evacuate the Third Precinct. Major Jacob Frey said at a new conference early Friday morning.
“The symbolism of a building cannot outweigh the importance of life, of our officers or the public,” Frey said. “We could not risk serious injury to anyone. And we will continue to patrol the Third Precinct entirely. We will continue to do our jobs in that area. Brick and mortar is not as important as life.”
There is a video of the cops leaving the 3rd Precinct.
This is the moment when Minneapolis police officers abandoned the 3rd precinct building. Rioters chased them as they left and continued to throw objects at the police vehicles. pic.twitter.com/KoxAAYiUIN— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) May 29, 2020
When the precinct went up in flames, demonstrators set off fireworks.
“There is a lot of pain and anger right now in our city,” Frey said. “I understand that. Our entire city recognizes that. What we have seen over the past several hours and the past couple of nights in terms of looting is unacceptable. Our communities can not and will not tolerate it. These are businesses. These are community institutions that we need.”
NAPA collapsed, firefighters trying to save that deli next door pic.twitter.com/9OImZILpes— Nick Ferraro (@NFerraroPiPress) May 29, 2020
When the blaze was raging early Friday and there were no police or fire department personnel in sight. Mayor claimed that the departments were busy at other trouble spots in the city as the protests consumed the entire city. Frey said that they are trying to do “absolutely everything that we can to keep the peace.”
More than 500 soldiers of the National Guard were called in St. Paul, Minneapolis and surrounding communities.
We have activated more than 500 soldiers to St. Paul, Minneapolis and surrounding communities. Our mission is to protect life, preserve property and the right to peacefully demonstrate. A key objective is to ensure fire departments are able to respond to calls.— MN National Guard (@MNNationalGuard) May 29, 2020
“Our mission is to protect life, preserve property and the right to peacefully demonstrate. A key objective is to ensure fire departments are able to respond to calls,” Minnesota Gov. Tom Walz said.
Before that Walz had a conversation with the President Trump who told him that the Military is with him all the way.
“Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!” President tweeted.
I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
“I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right.....” another president’s tweet reads.