What started out as peaceful protests against the death of George Floyd while he was in police custody has been overtaken by other groups who are intent on destroying neighborhoods and communities.
Governor Walz ,other elected officials, community leaders, and religious leaders held a press conference this afternoon requesting everyone to please observe the 8:00 curfew tonight.
There will be a larger number of law enforcement out tonight to work on restoring order. We need to give them the time and space to do that. We are told that some of the groups are organized and their intent is to attack civic institutions. If citizens stay home and stay safe, the destructive elements will have more difficulty melting in . Many of the lawless element are not from Minnesota. Please give the National Guard and other law enforcement groups the opportunity to do their job to restore order and bring peace.
The Department of Public Safety is asking local communities to NOT be on the streets tonight for any reason.
It has been advised that it is best to call 911 to report incidents.
Minnesota House members are working on changing laws to address injustices.
Please stay home tonight and stay safe.