After Trump Comments, Massive Law Enforcement Presence Brings Calm To Minneapolis
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All it took was some leadership from the top, and suddenly all of those ‘out-of-control’ riots in Minneapolis have come to an abrupt end.
On Monday, following several days of violent demonstrations including looting, burning buildings, and attacking innocent people, a much heavier police and National Guard presence in the city finally brought relative calm to the streets as rioters decided facing down well-prepared, well-equipped, and well-armed protectors the people wasn’t such a good idea anymore.
A massive presence by law enforcement and National Guard members helped restore the peace in the twin cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul after several days of rioting and looting. Law enforcement officials successfully implemented a curfew and arrested some protesters who violated the order — bringing a night of peace to the city.
Authorities put several state police and National Guard teams on the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul to quell the remaining pockets of lawlessness. Those force multipliers freed up local police agencies so they could better respond to emergency calls for service.
In addition, city officials implemented nightly curfews, which also helped reduce the number of people on the street. At one point during the day on Monday, some 2,000 people gathered at the governor’s mansion in the capital of St. Paul, and while most dispersed as the curfew approached, dozens did not and were summarily arrested.
The beefed up police and National Guard presence, which resulted in substantially reducing the violence and protests, came following comments by President Donald Trump on Saturday, in which he chastised Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) for not deploying those assets sooner.
"The National Guard has been released in Minneapolis to do the job that the Democrat Mayor couldn’t do. Should have been used 2 days ago & there would not have been damage & Police Headquarters would not have been taken over & ruined. Great job by the National Guard. No games!” Trump tweeted Saturday.
Walz authorized the “full mobilization” of the state’s Army and Air National Guard members – about 4,100 in all – in response to riots that were obviously out of hand by that time.
By the evening, National Guard troops began deploying tear gas, paint rounds, and rubber bullets at groups of rioters who tried to challenge them.
But again, it took Minnesota officials longer than a few days to call out the Guard and extra police as businesses were looted, businesses burned, and the city was terrorized by thugs who probably didn’t care one way or the other about George Floyd, the man who died at the hands of Minneapolis police last week and the supposed martyr in all of this rioting nonsense.
Not that destroying neighborhoods and businesses will do anything to bring Floyd back.
In any event, National Guard units have been deployed in several states in response to rioting or threatening conditions following the Floyd fiasco.
The arresting officer, Derek Chauvin, has been fired and charged with third-degree murder, while three other officers on the scene who watched as Chauvin kept a knee on Floyd’s neck until he died have also been dismissed.
Charges may be coming against them as well.