The Governor of Minnesota urged residents to obey at 8 pm. There was a curfew on Friday night as images of rioters scorching fire on TV and social media and causing other damage in Minneapolis-St. The Paul area made it clear that the earlier call for calmness was ignored.
“The Minnesota National Guard, State Patrol, and local police are on the ground responding to incidents in Mpls-St. Paul,” Gov. Tim Walz posted on Twitter around 11:30 p.m. local time. “I urge residents to comply with 8pm curfew and go home immediately. Law enforcement needs to respond to emergencies, restore order, and keep Minnesotans safe.”
In Minneapolis, a citywide curfew should be imposed by 6 a.m. on Saturday, and a curfew of 8 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday night is required. However, after the death of George Floyd on Monday night and a fired city policeman accused of hours, the chaotic demonstrations continued.
Demonstrators were seen in the northern part of the city around 9pm. In the past two nights, the CT and the crowd were found near the police station that had been the center of the riot. According to FOX 9 in Minneapolis, a group of law enforcement agencies left the street and fired tear gas in an area before retreating.
The police said the area around the police station was closed. Elsewhere, demonstrators climbed Interstate 35 and blocked several lanes.
At 8 pm on Friday night, CT curfews against Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, were in effect to prevent more riots, vandalism, and robbery. Similar incidents occurred throughout the country on Friday night.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced an unprecedented Friday morning Measures. The curfew prohibits people from walking on the street and all public places from 8pm. 6am on Friday and Saturday. First-aid personnel, the media, people who go to and from get off work, and people who escape danger are all exempt.
Anyone who violates the order will face a fine of $ 1,000 and up to 90 days in prison. However, when the designated time arrived on Thursday, dozens of people gathered in the Minneapolis area, where the worst riots occurred.
There was no immediate word of any arrests.
“It’s time to rebuild our community and that starts with safety in our streets,” Walz said. “Thousands of Minnesotans have expressed their grief and frustration in a peaceful manner. But the unlawful and dangerous actions of others, under the cover of darkness, has caused irreversible pain and damage to our community.
“This behavior has compromised the safety of bystanders, businesses, lawful demonstrators, and first responders. Now, we come together to restore the peace,” he added.
Some nearby suburban counties also issued their own curfew orders.
Following the death of Floyd, who was detained by the police on Monday, the emergency order was a destructive three-night protest. A viral video shows a white police officer kneeling on his neck for a few minutes after Floyd was arrested on suspicion of forgery, which caused anger and demonstrations in Minneapolis and other cities.
Floyd repeatedly stated that he could not breathe, and bystanders begged the officer named Derek Chauvin to stop. Chauvin and three other personnel involved in the incident were fired. Chauvin was arrested on Friday and was charged with Grade 3 murder and manslaughter.
Waltz launched the National Guard on Thursday to restore calm in the escalating civil strife. The protesters gathered later that night and ignited the Minneapolis police station to evacuate insiders. Later that evening, soldiers and the surrounding area ensured the safety of the station.
Enterprises in the Twin Cities area have been set up to prevent sabotage and robbery. The robber was found at the target store on Wednesday and tried to break into the cash register. The retail giant is based in Minneapolis and announced that it will temporarily close two stores in the area.
Minneapolis officials have shut down much of the city’s light-rail and bus systems through Sunday to prevent further damage.
President Trump has taken heat for his response to the unrest. On Thursday, he suggested that rioters could be shot, tweeting that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” The tweet was later flagged by Twitter for “glorifying violence.”
He sought to clarify what he meant Friday, saying “the looters should not be allowed to drown out the voices of so many peaceful protesters.”