After the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man murdered by the Minneapolis white police, a key leadership test revealed one thing – states and places responsible for responding to an escalating crisis. Leaders have failed miserably – they know.
Although Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey took some courageous steps after Floyd’s death, including calling for justice and firing Delhi with his police chief Derek Chauvin, but the 46-year-old father knelt around Freud’s neck for nearly 9 minutes. Throughout his life, the city’s general response, which has been divided for decades by race and inequality, has been seriously inadequate.
Saturday morning, Governor Tim Walz of Minnesota announced the full mobilization of the state’s National Guard, which is its 164-year history. Some people say this is the beginning, but action needs to be taken a few days ago.
Both Waltz and Frey are Democrats, barely responding to the growing crisis in Minneapolis, from peaceful protests to Freud’s death to a comprehensive response to the city, its businesses, and even its inhabitants. The attacks have been hard hit.
“The situation in Minneapolis is no longer in any way about the murder of George Floyd,” Walz said. “It’s about attacking civil society, instilling fear and disrupting our great cities.”
While that may be, residents say there’s still a growing problem and its elected leaders need to address it immediately.
“It looks like a war zone,” Jeff Boggs, an Atlanta native who moved to Minneapolis three years ago.
In almost every way, as violence in Minneapolis escalated from Friday night to Saturday, almost no law enforcement officers were present.
Despite the dispatch of police officers, state police and even some National Guard members in armored vehicles to respond to the crowd, any authority they own is ignored.
According to local reports, the speaker’s distribution order was mocked and no one seemed to pay attention to the state at 8 p.m. Curfew.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune editors also attacked local leaders for failing to estimate the seriousness of the situation and not realizing that “Freud’s death could detonate gunpowder.”
“Where were the plans that should have already been in place at every level – city, county and state – to deal with prolonged civil arrest? Such episodes are not unknown in American history,” the board said. “As Frey himself said at one point, the issues here have been brewing in this country for 400 years.”
The sight of looters ransacking stores and arsonists laughing as the city burned around them has shaken what little confidence people had that their elected leaders would come to the rescue.
“It feels like we’re on our own,” Boggs said.
On Friday, smoke spread through Minneapolis, and Waltz admitted that the response to the violent protests this week was “a serious failure.”
The Democratic Party governor said that the state will take over the response and that it is time to show respect and dignity for the suffering.
“Minneapolis and St. Paul are on fire,” he said. “The fire is still smoldering in our streets. The ashes are symbolic of decades and generations of pain, of anguish unheard. Now generations of pain is manifesting itself in front of the world – and the world is watching.”
Waltz said he received a call from the state senator that her area was “burning, no police, no firefighters, no social control, and some voters were locked in the house to know what they would do. That was absolutely Impossible failure. ‘
His remarks were made after a night of chaos and catastrophe. The protest caused the protesters to burn down the police station and to give up the police.
On Friday, Frey, who received questions from journalists, seemed shocked.
When a journalist asked, “What’s the plan here?” Frey responded, “With regard to?”
He added, “There is a lot of pain and anger right now in our city. I understand that…What we have seen over the past several hours and past couple of nights here in terms of looting is unacceptable.”
Frey also defended most of the city’s uninterrupted practices for robbers.
“We are doing everything that we can to keep the peace,” he said, adding that National Guard members were stationed around the city at banks, pharmacies and grocery stores.
His comments and those of Walz did not achieve the desired calming effect.
State Rep. Hodan Hassan tweeted Friday, “The city of Minneapolis has a responsibility to put out fires and protect its residents. The fire on Park Ave is reaching a residential area and there is a gas station nearby. For our city’s leadership to say they won’t send a firetruck is irresponsible.”
On Friday morning, President Trump threatened to “ control ” Minneapolis in a fateful tweet, calling the protesters “ criminals, ” claiming that “ the shooting started when the robbery started, ” only seems to reduce the fire on the fuel in the trash.
Trump also took aim at the city’s “total lack of leadership.”
He followed it up on Saturday slamming Frey.
“Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis will never be mistaken for the late, great General Douglas McArthur or great fighter General George Patton. How come all of these places that defend so poorly are run by Liberal Democrats? Get tough and fight (and arrest the bad ones). STRENGTH!” Trump tweeted.