Minnesota leaders address continued unrest after George Floyd’s death

Minnesota leaders address continued unrest after George Floyd's death 1


Across the country, protesters have taken to the streets to express their anger over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer kept his knee pressed into his neck for more than eight minutes.

Video courtesy KSTP.

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In scenes both peaceful and violent across the nation, thousands of protesters chanted “No justice, no peace” and “Say his name. George Floyd.” They hoisted signs reading: “He said I can’t breathe. Justice for George.”

Derek Michael Chauvin was arrested Friday in Minneapolis on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter in connection with Floyd's death.

Saturday morning, after 72 hours of unrest in Minneapolis, Gov. Tim Walz described the protest scenes as a "military operation."

"This is not about George’s death. This is not about inequities that were real. This is about chaos being caused,” Walz said.

Fires, looting and destruction were not isolated to Minneapolis. In Detroit, one person attending a protest was shot to death. Atlanta saw the CNN Center attacked and its mayor pleaded for calm.

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66 Comments on "Minnesota leaders address continued unrest after George Floyd’s death"

  1. “THEY” he says that with force.

    • This is not just a disgrace to their police department, it is an embarrassment to all law enforcement!

    • Nostalgic Waves | May 30, 2020 at 2:44 PM | Reply

      I’m not siding with police at all. I think Floyd’s death is the last straw and we all need to do something about it. But what else do you want the guy to say lol I don’t think he said “they” as in people who are not white. I think he means everyone in general. He could have said “those citizens”. But that sounds more direct. Anything can be taken out of context.

  2. The lady doing the sign language is AWESOME

    • Nicholas Sandoval | May 30, 2020 at 2:58 PM | Reply

      Chance base your reasoning on the facts given and an objective observation. But yeah I’m talking about not being affiliated to any party, it’s the main cause of division in our current society

    • Nicholas Sandoval | May 30, 2020 at 2:58 PM | Reply

      Correctly the main problem I should say

    • Nicholas Sandoval – I consider myself an open-minded political centrist. I don’t believe in divisive labels like Democrat or Republican. It’s all issue by issue for me.

    • Nicholas Sandoval | May 30, 2020 at 3:19 PM | Reply

      Chance ok same. I feel like those who are republican or Democrat don’t understand how to think for themselves though, causing massive divide between increasingly more extremist parties, all for silly pride

    • Nicholas Sandoval – That’s definitely true for the extremists of both parties, however, it’s important to remember that those only make up the minority. Most people who identify with either party are hard-working and decent humans.

  3. nathaniel reyes | May 30, 2020 at 11:19 AM | Reply

    This man should of been the first speaker

  4. why do i feel like that lady is putting her own words into her sign language. HAHA

  5. Cyrtanthus Elatus | May 30, 2020 at 11:22 AM | Reply

    Police superintendent sees cop murder a man – fires him. Not accountable

    • DucksDeLucks | May 30, 2020 at 11:51 AM | Reply

      It’s typically 2 weeks from arrest to charge. Doing it in 4 days is unusually fast.

    • Cyrtanthus Elatus | May 30, 2020 at 12:04 PM | Reply

      @DucksDeLucks Not even arrested. Just fired. Why was he fired if he did nothing wrong?

    • Lizzy Johnson | May 30, 2020 at 2:27 PM | Reply

      @Cyrtanthus Elatus Thank You. If you or I witness our neighbors fighting and one is killed, when the police come out, they take the stories, etc. and ARREST the killer if on the scene or put out an APB for the killer and ACCOMPLICES.

  6. WIlliam Wallace | May 30, 2020 at 11:22 AM | Reply

    Frey called in the National Guard .(the Gov. just called him out on it . . Those people are not from another state. THats stupid. He is playing so you will vote for him . . HE says its okay to burn down buildings the other night and now he is calling in the guard. . . You have to be REAL STUPID to believe he is actually on your side.

    • Chris DeRaad | May 30, 2020 at 12:17 PM | Reply

      he never said anything like that. You are just trying to inject your political ideas into this. Frey has been doing a good job with what resources he has.

    • WIlliam Wallace | May 30, 2020 at 12:28 PM | Reply

      @Chris DeRaad First to Request the National Guard ? was FREY. If thats not what he said then im Martin Luther King.

    • WIlliam Wallace | May 30, 2020 at 12:31 PM | Reply

      @Chris DeRaad Minute 1:20 on this video…

    • WIlliam Wallace | May 30, 2020 at 12:39 PM | Reply

      @Chris DeRaad Telling the People he is with them But hes the FIRST to call the National Guard man.. Im not against the protesters. RIP Mr. Floyd. THe officers should be Hung in Capital Square. But this is way bigger now and you cant trust that mayor.

  7. YOU WANT PEACE ??? ARREST ALL 4 OF THEM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Lizzy Johnson | May 30, 2020 at 3:01 PM | Reply

      @Turbocharged Dude THOSE ARE THE WHITE SUPREMACISTS looting and destroying, according to several high up sources.

    • Lizzy Johnson pretty sure i saw some black people in the target. Meh, when opportunity strikes you take it.

      I swear of they’re not found guilty the lockdown in the country will be over

    • Sharron Novelle | May 30, 2020 at 5:02 PM | Reply


    • Sharron Novelle | May 30, 2020 at 5:03 PM | Reply


    • Sharron Novelle | May 30, 2020 at 5:06 PM | Reply

      @Turbocharged Dude People are tired of being harassed, intimidated, and killed at the hand of a chicken with a gun and a badge!

  8. nathaniel reyes | May 30, 2020 at 11:25 AM | Reply

    St.paul officer insited kaoz started a whole violent riot and now that post doesnt last 10 min on the Internet

  9. What do we keep talking about here? The protesters, the destruction, the violence. What are we not talking about? The other three murderers, why we haven’t done anything to fix this yet, and what we can do to make sure this doesn’t continue to happen. You would rather bully people and behaving the way you want them to.

  10. This isn’t going to work, it’s only going to make things worse. The entire police-ing system by a corrupt government needs to change from the top-down. Force is only going to result with more force. They need a new approach otherwise things will only continue to unravel.

    • Red Panda Gamin well there you go you solved it.. ?

    • Red Panda Gamin | May 30, 2020 at 4:40 PM | Reply

      @Franky B people want justice now when thats not how our court system works it takes time and planning schedules etc etc

    • Red Panda Gamin | May 30, 2020 at 4:41 PM | Reply

      @Hamza Amir Even mobilizing the military will not solve anything just makes things worse

    • @Red Panda Gamin Yeah it would these are cowards and the only reason it has went this far is because it is happening in blue states and/or on cities with black mayors and black police chiefs. The Military is trained and organized they could literally end this in about ten minutes.

    • Red Panda Gamin | May 30, 2020 at 4:59 PM | Reply

      @Hamza Amir How did you think that went well for the british army back in the colonial era? It didnt end well
      It will only cause the intense between government anf anarchists growing us closer to another civil war

  11. “” Yellow FRINGE “” on FLAG = TYRANNY !!!!!!!!

  12. Blaming white supremacists instead of George Soros.

    • Israel Demitiri | May 30, 2020 at 12:19 PM | Reply

      George Soros, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezoes. Evil illuminati keep fighting The amazing President Trump . But justice will prevail

  13. Valek Stratovarius | May 30, 2020 at 12:07 PM | Reply

    Sadly – I doubt – Many of the protesters/rioters are watching this

    • Joshua Baughn | May 30, 2020 at 1:22 PM | Reply

      I’m from Michigan and we are having protests in Detroit. Of course protesters are watching this. They want to know what could happen.

  14. Why haven’t Chauvin’s accomplices been arrested yet?

  15. When does the police destruction of lives, of property, of families stop.

  16. Noelle Mayberry | May 30, 2020 at 12:52 PM | Reply

    Who’s living for the sign interpreters facial expressions

    • s c – I agree with all of that. Why are you lecturing me, out of nowhere? I was making an appeal for the utility of comedy, which I will always stand behind 100%.

    • @Chance I’m sorry if you feel like I’m lecturing you, but I have the right to comment on an open forum just as you have addressed me. If you don’t like it perhaps you shouldn’t comment as well right? I’m ok that you wanted to start a discussion. Let’s just agree to disagree but wish that justice gets served.

    • s c – You can’t lecture me because we are in agreement. That was my point. Feel free to keep on going though, because, as you say, it’s your right 👍🏼

    • @Chance Sorry for the misunderstanding then. I know you mean well by saying we should utilize comedy. Take care my dude ✌

    • s c – Same to you my friend ✌🏼

  17. They’re gonna end up massacring citizens, listen to what they’re saying… They’re implementing the patriot act on everyone right now. Invasion of privacy from all government agencies on all citizens under the guise of making sure they’re not rioting. NSA is getting a huge hardon right now.

    • Briip braap what? Do you think they’re not doing that now? Hell I’m not in Minnesota and i know nsa is checking what i type right now.

    • Briip braap | May 30, 2020 at 5:04 PM | Reply

      94cruzin no I’m saying they are. Not that they really care or aren’t already, but it’s just one more “justification” for them to pry even further

    • Briip braap bro im saying they’ve been doing this since the early 2000’s. Every piece of equipment that has wifi or is a communication device is already traced.

    • Briip braap | May 30, 2020 at 5:13 PM | Reply

      94cruzin But they’re publicly admitting to it and nobody is saying anything about it. Add that to the things that are wrong

    • Briip braap …Snowden revealed this info 7 years ago, its been mainstream news 4 years ago. People know, they just don’t care.

  18. If these politicians ever cared about any of us in the first place we wouldn’t be in this situation we’re in now

  19. This country is sick and the whole world knows it.

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