Minneapolis mayor says violent protests ‘unacceptable’ and ‘dangerous

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey calls on Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman to charge the arresting officer in the death of George Floyd as he speaks during a news conference Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at City Hall in Minneapolis. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)

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UPDATED 9:16 AM PT — Friday, May 29, 2020

Police and other forces are regrouping after protests continued in the city of Minneapolis. In a briefing Friday morning, the mayor of Minneapolis called the violent demonstrations “dangerous” and “unacceptable.” Protestors gathered by the thousands Thursday night as they burnt down the city’s third precinct police station.

Arson, looting and vandalism have taken ahold of the streets with protesters enraged over the recent death of George Floyd. The late Floyd was as African-American man who died while being detained by a white officer who kneeled on his neck.

“There is a lot of pain and anger right now in our city, I understand that, our entire city recognizes that,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “What we have seen over the past several hours and the past couple of nights in terms of looting is unacceptable, our communities cannot and will not tolerate it.”

Protestors demonstrate outside of a burning fast food restaurant, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody Monday, broke out in Minneapolis for a third straight night. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The mayor said police and response forces will continue to do their job and protect businesses from vandalism. Additionally, the governor of Minnesota also activated the National Guard to help bring civil order back to the city.

In a tweet Friday, the White House quoted one of the president’s tweets that had previously been flagged by the social media company with a warning suggesting it was “glorifying violence.” President Trump’s post had criticized the rioters by calling them “thugs” who were were dishonoring the memory of Floyd.

Protestors demonstrate outside of a burning Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody Monday, broke out in Minneapolis for a third straight night. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The White House also shared one of the president tweets in which he called on the Minneapolis mayor to get his city under control or he would otherwise send in the National Guard.

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