State leaders gathered Saturday morning for an hour-long conference to address destruction in the wake of protests following George Floyd’s murder by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
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Gov. Tim Walz, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter were among leaders reporting the damage was caused primarily by non-residents looking to incite violence.
Our hearts and our solidarity are with people who understand what happened Monday night to George Floyd must see justice — but these folks are not them,” said Walz.
Carter added those people were using the protests to destroy communities most impacted by Floyd’s death.
We will not accept George Floyd’s death and we will not accept the destruction of our community.