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Minnesota governor expects ‘swift’ justice in Floyd death as ‘fires still smolder’

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz speaking at a news conference.
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Protesters stand in front of a burning police precinct in Minneapolis.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz expressed his concern Friday over the protests that have rocked his state and the black community which, he said, is "hurting beyond words."

"Minneapolis and St. Paul are on fire. The fires still smolder in our streets.  The ashes are symbolic of decades and generations of pain, of anguish, unheard," Walz said during a news conference.

The governor addressed the state's response to protests and public safety concerns as thick smoke hovered over Minneapolis after cheering protesters torched a police station that officers abandoned.

The fire came during a third night of violent protests that flared over the death of George Floyd. The handcuffed black man pleaded for air as a white police officer knelt on his neck.

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Walz said he has an expectation that "swift" justice will be carried against the police officers involved in the death of George Floyd.

"It is my expectation that justice for the officers involved in this will be swift, that it will come in a timely manner, that it will be fair. That is what we've asked for. I have been in contact with Hennepin County attorney, and I am confident that those very things I just said will happen," Walz said.

John Harrington, commissioner of Minnesota's Department of Public Safety, called the death of Floyd a murder during Friday's news briefing.

"I will tell you that the vast majority of the great people of Minnesota and the great people of Minneapolis who are still having their guts ripped out about the murder, we'll call it a murder because that's what it looked like to me. I don't want to prejudice this from a criminal perspective, I'm just calling what I see at that point," Harrington said.

He indicated he was putting together a "unified command" of several different law enforcement and public safety entities to prepare for more protests Friday and this weekend.

Harrington said he is going to do this "the right way" by keeping in mind the oath to protect communities.

"We are fully confident that we can do that mission and that we can do it while still ensuring that the constitutional rights of those who need to have their voices heard and who need to freely assemble can be protected," he said.

The focus of many of the protests has been the 3rd Precinct station. A spokesman said police abandoned it late Thursday to protect employees. Protesters later entered the building, where fires were then intentionally set.

The Minnesota Army National Guard was securing the precinct on Friday morning to allow crews to "come in and begin the cleanup of that area," said Adjutant General Jon Jensen, who added that the Guard would continue to operate in the city for as long as necessary.  

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    1. You are just like your president who is always making stupid remarks. The difference is your remarks are harmless because you are an idiot. A coward is someone like you who refuses to see reality as it is. You see yourself as a privileged individual who thinks you are above moral concerns. You sir have no ethics whatsoever. I know you are seeing everything as either black or white (no pun intended) and nothing in between. Not trying to change your mind because your mindset was established a long time ago and it will not be changed no matter what. Do you also think the “law enforcement thug” who killed Mr. Floyd is also a coward? Of course you don’t! But he is currently under arrest and will be tried with Murder. Go ahead and defend him since you Both think alike.

      1. Yes and the Democrat leadership had the opportunity to address it in this case and FAILED. Like all democrats. And what I said was I would defend my PROPERTY and FAMILY against RIOTERS not the demonstrators. BIG difference. Plus, I am not Law Enforcement.

      2. Your “LEO” buddy was referring to the mayor and governor’s response to the civil unrest not to the coward in blue. Although you are correct that the cop should have been kicked off the force a long time ago. His firing and incarceration come to late for Mr. Floyd. And lady, don’t start blaming Democrats for all this. This ploy to put the blame on Democrats for all the problems is getting really old.

    2. Fortunately for you, my second retirement from my agency took effect on 23 May. Unfortunately for you, I will carry retirement credentials the rest of my life, and be authorized to be armed too.

      1. You aren’t the only one, a lot of people have conceal and carry and they aren’t retarded Leo’s like you. Don’t get stupid and promote gun violence, NRA moron.

        1. I would rub it in, and say that you are paying my two retirement pensions, but you don’t pay taxes because you are a welfare mooch.

      1. No what’s illegal is killing a black man in plain daylight. Not a racist at all. But we need change and that’s a damn good start. People that think like you need to be placed on the other side.

        1. It absolutely is illegal and he was arrested and charged for it. AS it should be. He won’t make it out of prison alive. He’ll get what he deserves

      1. That’s why in El Paso we don’t LYNCH black men in plain daylight! There you go moron Fero2a! 80% Hispanic PD and no lynchings of black men. Good job!!! Clap.clap….you got it!!!!!

        1. Yeah but do you know who STILL gets shot by cops in El Paso? Hispanics. By Hispanic cops. Most of them probably deserved it. What’s your point? Dirty cops are not a product of their color but of their up bringing.

        2. Now put some pants on, turn off your computer and crawl our of your moms basement. I’m sure she has some Kleenex to whip your little tears.

        3. What a dolt! What blacks in El Paso? They only shoot other fellow Latinos but for good cause moron. How about the Saenz incident back in 2014. Shot by an EPPD officer while he was in handcuffs. Public was outraged. But the way I look at it he police got rid of vermin and saved the taxpayers money.

  1. You never heard of the 2nd Amendment dolt? I’m legally armed with a Texas LTC so what are you going to do about that. A good guy with a gun stops the bad guy with a gun. When seconds matter police are only minutes away. Can’t get any simpler than that.

    1. I’m legally armed. I’m legally armed. No one get near me. Such a wimp. Use your fists wimp. So tough behind a gun. See what happens when you hurt someone with your pea shooter. Jail ain’t fun for tough guys that need guns to defend themselves. The 2nd Amendment was meant for the protection of citizens against possible abuses by British militias back in the 16th Century. Not meant for you to buy modern weapons that have only left carnage of innocents murdered in our Country. Stop abusing the 2nd Amendment as an excuse to kill and main innocent children like in Sandy Hook.

      1. Just post some PI info on him and he will go ballistic. He was complaining about you a few weeks ago and wanted to sue you in federal court. The moron already doxxed himself. Mi nombre Alberto Velarde. He is an idiot.

      2. I don’t need a gun to take you on. But hey moron you are a few hundred years off. 16th Century? You flunked history? The Bill of Rights which included the 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1789 which was in the 18th Century. Can’t fix your stupid. You lost the argument. Next rant.

        1. Yeah, 18th Century. I know idiot. But what’s your argument regarding the use of machine guns in 2020. Hunting? Yeah, sure. Hunting innocent children down like dogs. Gotta love that 2nd Amendment.

  2. Yeah, tough guy. If you know where I live come on over. I’ll have a nice surprise waiting for you..I also have a used wheelchair in my basement that you can have, old geezer.

    1. What? Your virtual AR15 you stole from one of your video games? LMAO. BTW – You are a basement dweller snowflake. Voted for Communist Bernie I bet.

  3. Now Colin Kaepernick has started a legal defense fund to defend the “protestors”. The protestors aren’t the ones who need legal help. They are protesting legally and peacefully and aren’t being arrested. What he means is he will help pay for the legal expenses for the criminals causing millions of dollars in damage. What an idiot. If ANY NFL team EVER signs that clown again the NFL should shut down immediately.

    1. Yeah, just like Trump offered to pay legal expenses for any of his supporters who would like to beat up anti-Trump protesters at his rallies. Sure thing, lady.

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