tv Minnesota Gov. Walz Holds News Conference CSPAN May 30, 2020 9:09pm-10:07pm EDT
standing in solidarity, not surrendering to hostility. >> next, minnesota governor tim walz and the mayors of minneapolis and st. paul of reporters on the protest and rioting, following the death of droid -- george floyd while in the death of police custody. along with administering the national guard, he says law enforcement is investigating whether out-of-state groups are responsible for organizing some of the violence.
gov. walz: good morning, everyone. we spoke last night at 2:30 a.m. we provided in update of a highly dangerous and rapidly evolving situation with folks at withon destroying property no regard for safety of , and certainly no desire to make a statement other than destruction and chaos. minnesotansank the who abided by the curfew. i want to thank our responders who are protecting our cities. as they were taking incoming fire, improvised explosive devices, and a highly evolved and tightly controlled group of folks bent on adapting their it as difficult
as possible to maintain that order. my mission has been very clear to the folks in minnesota in conjunction with the mayors of minneapolis and st. paul, is protection of citizens is our top priority, and maintaining and restoring civil order on the streets. i think what is really important to recognize is the tactics in the approach that we have taken had evolved and need to evolve the same way. live -- sensitivity to to the legitimate rage and anger that came after what the world witnessed in the murder of george floyd, and was manifested in a very healthy gathering of communities to memorialize that on tuesday night.
by thursday it was gone in last night was a mockery of pretending this was about george floyd's death. our communities of color and our indigenous communities row find fret -- fighting hand-in-hand for things that took generations to build. infrastructures and nonprofits that have served the struggling community were torn down and burned. by people with no regards for what went into that. let's be very clear. minneapolis isn no longer, in any way, about the murder of george floyd. it is about attacking civil , instilling fear and disrupting our great cities. with that being the case, as we indicated last night, our top six again, it -- our tactics
again, is to try to reduce loss of life and restore order. we mobilized the largest mobilization by national guard that were in the field last night. we pulled in state patrol and state assets for all fours. this is not an impudent number of people we can pull. this is a highly trained, highly organized force, that when every single one of them is up and operating, is at about 700. you cannot operate all the time on that. the same thing with the minnesota national guard. and of course, the cities. as you saw this expand across the united states, and you start to see whether it be domestic terrorism, whether it be ideological extremists, or whether it be internet -- international destabilization of
how the country works, those elements are present. i spoke early this morning with the secretary of defense, esper, and the chairman of the joints on theof staff to update situation, receive their situation report as they are seeing it across the country, and to discuss courses of action of going forward. in consultation with the mayors and the resources they have, and to be very clear as you witness this, whether it be new york, denver or louisville or las inas, there is no mayor america that has the resources to push back on an organized attempt to destabilize civil societal -- society with no regard of life or property. morning, i ams authorizing and talking to general jensen to fully mobilize minnesota national guard. in action that has never been taken in the history of the minnesota national guard. for those minnesotans who are
wondering, where are the there?cks and police out the situation was so broad and the tactics were so bent on causing disruption, that every single person we have mobilized, and again, the largest in state history last evening, was engaged in that. by this afternoon, our hope is to exponentially have that force out there to use all of the resources in the state and our partnerships of sister cities across the counties to help us. initial calls and will be speaking with the governors of adjacent states who will provide significant support through their national guard's. business -- the message is clear, minnesota, we had a tragedy on monday night. we understand the work we need to do and the generational pain that went into what happened with george floyd and that murder. at this point in time, nothing we do to address those
inequities, nothing we do to provide justice to george floyd and his family that i spoke with none of those things matter to any of those people who are out there hiring upon national guard, burning businesses of our communities, and making intent on disrupting any semblance of civil life. mayorsnership with the and the team that is here, throughout the day to day -- today their world -- there will be protest scheduled. they will be large, as anticipated. today will be an expression of that grief of the loss of george floyd. there will be legitimate exercising a first amendment rights. every single person in this room will put all of these resources we are talking about to protect their right to do that. to protect their right to gather as community.
i will continue to stress, because it feeds a lifetime ago. we are still in the middle of a pandemic and passed in thousand deaths yesterday. we have hospital still on the verge of being overrun with covid-19. the folks that are gathering out there, and if you watch on tuesday and wednesday, social distancing masks. the masks were worn to disguise, not to do anything. warned to cause confusion and take advantage of the situation. but the rest of us need to maintain that. but you are asking the legitimate question, the safety and conserve that everyone is up on my. the nightmare that these people are starting fires. point in time, it is nothing short of a blessing that .e have not had someone killed that situation can be expected to deteriorate further with these people.
hear froml commissioner harrington, they are a debt doing and receiving information. they are being fed by professionals and professional tactics in urban warfare. those things are happening to these people. as i said, they are getting what they want. are are getting on tv, they seeing the images. the governor of minnesota is up. at 2:30 at night talking about how we are moving things around. today they will get what they wish. they will have an overwhelming force of safety, security and , and the surrounding neighbors will provide. they will see a coordination to the best of our ability to make sure that the stops and ends. that will happen, and i am speaking with governors across the country who are in the same situation, they are expecting to be where we were on thursday night. that is a situation that must end.
minnesotans, this is a challenging time. of minneapoliss and st. paul at under assault by people who do not share our values or value our work. and are not here to honor george floyd. today that that line. , and that order needs to be restored. with that, i want to welcome up mayor jacob fry, the minneapolis from thed someone who very beginning, saw this and requested national guard support earlier than any mayor in the country. is requestingion the next step of full mobilization. ry: thank you, governor. the show of force tonight as got security,t safety,
peace and order. our minneapolis residents are scared, and rightfully so. we have seen long-term institutional business is overridden. we have seen community institution set on fire. to be very, very clear. the people that are doing this are not minneapolis residents. in largely from outside of the city, from outside of the region, region to prey on everything we have built over the last several decades. the dynamic has changed over the last several days. at tuesday, a was largely peaceful protests, the vast majority peaceful and from of city with a small group people looking to have intentional disturbance. made,lly that shift was
and we saw more and more people coming from outside the city. we saw more and more people looking to cause violence in our communities. i have to say, it is not acceptable. if you are concerned, i get it. if you have family members or friends that are even considering protesting, this is no longer about protesting. this is no longer about verbal expression, this is about violence, and we need to make sure that it stops. we are in the middle of a pandemic right now. we have two crises that are sandwiched on top of one another. sure that weake continue to have the necessary community institutions, we need to make sure that our businesses are protected, that they are safe, and that they are secure. our minneapolis residents.
we are with you. we will be mobilizing the largest force that has ever come forward in the state of minnesota history to help. we understand that you are concerned, we want to be there for you. >> mayor carter? carter: what we are experiencing right now is one of the most heartbreaking weeks in american history, for minnesota in history. we will start with the beginning know,s week, as we all disgusting and disturbing video of mr. george floyd being wrongfully killed. he was unarmed, he was not aggressive, he begged for his
life, he called for his mom, and bystanders screamed, this man is dying. over the course of the 10 minute squeezed see the life out of mr. floyd. death isr his understandable. it,ess, pain, hard frustration -- heart ache, frustration, is legitimate. we have in our community right now an enormous number of people, of all ages, of all races, of all backgrounds who agree that mr. floyd should still be alive. we has an enormous number of people of all races, of all backgrounds, of all neighborhoods were looking to
four of only one but all the officers involved in his death be fully held accountable. there is an and or miss number of people in our community who are heartbroken by the fact that the name george floyd does not stand alone in history, but that a too long and too rapidly growing list of unarmed, and aggressive african-american men lost their lives wrongfully at the hands of law enforcement. frustration that time and time again we have seen no one held accountable. enormous amount of legitimate frustration of people who ask, when? how long will it take?
people who ask, how agree just doesn't have to be? how blatant, hell well-documented does it have to be for someone to be held accountable for george floyd murder.-- george floyd that frustration and pain is real and legitimate. to all of the people in our community who believe in what i just said, who wholeheartedly think that mr. floyd should be alive and someone should be held accountable, and we as a community, culture and society must do everything we can imagine to keep this from happening again, we stand with you. i stand with you. there are many, many ways for us in ark together constructive manner, that builds our community, that empowers our communities. to speak up with a loud voice. the war -- the world is
listening. there are opportunities for us to do that in a constructive manner. unfortunately, there are also those among us who would seek to seekhis moment, who would to use his death as an excuse, as a cover to agitate for the destruction of those same communities that have been most traumatized by george floyd's death. those same communities that have been most traumatized by the dual crisis of a covid-19 pandemic and an economic crisis that we are facing now. those same communities are being read traumatized right now. barbershops,owned as our immigrant owned restaurants, as our local, generational family owned diseases are damaged and straight -- owned businesses are damaged and destroyed night
after night. this must stop. i know the governor, i know mayor fry at myself wholeheartedly support the right of people to protest. the right of free speech. for people to say what they believe about the world. to speak up and say, and participate in making this world a better place, that right to ofak stops at destruction lives, destruction of property, destruction of livelihood. lastnight, and across our twin cities, a curfew went into effect. because we had a relative stillness in st. paul, we did not make an a number of arrests.
but every single person we arrested last night, i am told, was from out of state. what we are seeing right now is a group of people who are not from here. who talked to my friend, has been in this movement for a long time, who wakes up in this movement every day, i asked them what they are feeling. say, weson, i sure them don't know these folks who are agitated or inciting violence. we don't know who these folks are who are breaking windows. those folks who are agitating hard taking advantage of the pain, of the hurt, of the frustration, of the anger of the very real and legitimate sadness that so many of our community members feel.
destructionfor the of our community. i echo the governor statements, i echo the mayor's statements in that our police officers, our firefighters are facing something they have never faced before. that alone would be very, very difficult to address. one thing that i have learned about the world, about minnesota, and certainly about paul, is that. every time ugliness raises its head in our community, the beauty of community, that youthful spirit that was spoken about when it says we all do better when we all do better, arises. across the twin cities yesterday, across st. paul yesterday we saw countless neighbors show up for each other. we saw people show up with a broom and a bucket.
a rag toand just work together. they were cleaning their cousin's store or uncle's store, they were just coming to help each other, to clean up our city. over the last couple of months, thanks to the fact that we in minnesota have a governor who took strong action today to work in this pandemic, we showed that togetherness by staying home. we showed that togetherness by honoring the stay-at-home orders our governor has executed. resulted inforts saving lives in our community. right now. today. this week in minnesota. we must show that same sense of togetherness. we must show that same sense of unity. we must show that same sense of community and cohesion. say we willward to
not accept. we will not accept the brutal killing of unarmed black men. we will not accept george floyd's death. we will not accept the discussion -- destruction of our communities, either. those values, those goals are not in competition, they are not in conflict with one another. actually, they are one in the same. thank you very much. and the same. thank you very much. >> thank you, mayor carter. >> commissioner harrington. >> i'm john harrington, commissioner of the department of public safety. the department of public safety was given the mission to restore order and to maintain and keep the peace. we have assembled the largest civil policing authority in the history of minnesota. i've been in policing for 40 years, and there has never been have had as many
officers, deputies, and state law enforcement officials come together for a single mission. we are working together under a unified command to make sure that we can be out there to keep the peace, but i will tell you we have seen a change over the last couple of days. from the earliest demonstrations, which were peaceful demonstrations that were largely demonstrations where people were trying to express the horror and trauma of outng george's life snuffed -- not seeing peaceful demonstrations, and i'm not seeing, frankly, any empathy or any heart for mr. lloyd or for the communities that he loved and the communities he belonged to. not only a we saw
change in the temperament and approach of what i would call rioters -- they were not demonstrating for a cause. they were not protesting injustice. they were simply bent on destruction of property, and they were bent on trying to hurt people, and they did not really care who they hurt in the .nterim we had multiple shots fired in the cities coming out of riders' group. we had officers and national guardsmen and women shot at. we had improvised explosive devices used to injure state troopers and others. break into post offices and we saw them try to destroy not only public property, but repeatedly set fires to private property with
absolutely no -- i mean this -- absolutely no sense that there were people who -- that was not just their shop, not just their business, but that was their home. that's where their sweat and blood and life was based out of, and they burned it to the ground with no second thought. we also saw a shift in the numbers last night. 2500said, we put together public safety folks between national guard and cops and state troopers, everybody else. that is an enormous number of law enforcement people, and we were confronted with tens of .housands of rioters let me repeat that -- that outle group that started
embedding themselves into george service is noal longer those groups. it is, in fact, the group throwing batteries, firing into andds, and setting fires attacking firefighters, ems, law enforcement, sheriff's department, and national as they seek to provide safety and hour communities -- in our communities. we have watched these folks grow in brazenness, and we have watched them also grow in challenging approaches that we have had to adapt to. take onwatched them efforts where literally, there are 5000 of them surrounding a building,trashing the and then when confronted, running back under the cover of
darkness into residential areas. them try anded destroy downtowns. it's hard to drive through one of hour downtowns about seeing the plywood that is up, if it was a preventative measure or simply to patch the holes that they had punctured into the s that support and are the anchors of our downtown areas. we are adapting to their tactics. we have made more arrests virtually every day, and we have focused on the fact that as this , where this ist not a demonstration, that we will always -- and i repeat always -- respect everyone's first amendment rights, those
end of aop at the molotov cocktail thrown into an open business. those rights stop at the point that you loot the liquor store in the neighborhood. those rights stop when you loot the gas station, the little mom and pop gas station in the neighborhood. minnesota public safety and minnesota's national guard are gearing up. we are getting bigger, and we are changing hour approach intolerable, and we are coming to stop it. anyn't want anyone to make mistakes about that. we will make sure that those folks that come out today, that want to mourn mr. lloyd's passing, that their rights are, in fact, protected. in fact,ters are,
trampling on those rights by making it too dangerous for good people to speak their minds, and we cannot as a community, we cannot as minnesotans, we cannot as members of the twin cities community, tolerate that. so you can expect to see law ,nforcement, the national guard state, county, and local and lockstep tonight, preventing, responding, rescuing, and repelling attacks on our businesses, on our personal safety, and on the personal liberties of the twin cities area. , i want toe
introduce general jensen of the minnesota national guard. >> i don't think i could speak the 4ny more passion than gentlemen that just spoke in front of me, so what i will do is give you a quick update on hours and the national guard's participation in this operation. 24 hours ago, we had approximately 400 guardsmen, state active duty in support of the governor's executive order. as mentioned by the governor peak the, we reached a national guard had never been up before -- over 700 soldiers and airmen mobilized to support the governor's executive order. while it was the largest mobilization and, as
commissioner harrington described, the largest law enforcement operation in minnesota's history, it was not enough. early yesterday, we began mobilizing additional soldiers, and we expected, and we expect by noon to have 2500 soldiers and airmen mobilized and in support of the governor's executive order. but that is not enough. the governor just announced the full mobilization of the minnesota national guard for the first time since world war ii. what does that mean? it means we are all in. all in with the two mayors to my left, their citizens, their communities that they represent. we are all in to the two law enforcement professionals to my right, supporting them to ensure
we bring stability and peace back to our two great cities. but even that is not enough. as governor walz just laid out, we had a conversation with the secretary of defense chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. we are requesting national level resources to come to the state to make key contributions to the operation commissioner harrington has laid out. our twowo mayors and to law enforcement professionals, and to you, governor, the minnesota national guard is all in. >> thank you, governor. i don't want to rehash the
ground covered by people who were already up here saying the important things they said, but i do stand here as chief of the minnesota state patrol to say we have done something we have never done in the history of organization -- our organization in terms of the mobilization of state troopers of minnesota that have come to the area to do whatever we can to do -- to get back to what we believe in as an organization and as the minnesota state patrol. we talk to hour core values of respect, integrity, courage, honor, and excellence. that's who we are, and that's who we believe in a so dinh-zarr, two, and our job is to get out there in the middle of the mission we are confronted with right now to stop the criminal behavior we have been seeing and to stop the criminal behavior we gratefully will happen tonight
and into the near future. many minnesotans do not like what they see. they do not think what is going on represents who we are in minnesota. we need your support, we need your prayers, and we need your thoughts as we work as hard as we possibly can to get minnesota out of this situation and stabilized so that we can move forward and make the state what we believe it should be, one that is safe for every single person who lives or visits this wonderful state. thank you. >> thank you, colonel. think you have to assess what is going on on the ground. i will certainly not make light of the seriousness of where we are at. for those of you wondering if we were timid or something happened, i think you need to understand, even going into last night, this was the largest
force and exhausted much of what we had going into that. the professionalism and the tactics were by the book. one of the things is when you are a force of good in law and order, you play by the rules. when you are bent on destruction and harm and chaos, you don't have to do that, and it makes it very difficult. i think it is important to note, too, that this call and the call up of the guard and the attempt to do this is only going to make .t more difficult tonight the people listening do not see this as a deterrent. they are not searching their soul. this is the challenge they were looking for. the call will go out to join, and the call will be there to try to break the back of civil society and the people putting it forward. minnesotans, i'm not trying to make this any lighter. this is going to be very
difficult. as you set expectations, they will slip away, and they will start fires. they will do that. no matter how many people we wee on the ground with where were at. hour goal is to decimate that force as quickly as possible, to protect life, property, and restore that order, but they will bring everything they have to this. ithink it is very clear, and will make that statement, they will use social media and whatever they need to do. our expectation is to have a curfew in place. our expectation is to restore order. situation a dangerous tonight. we will do everything in hour power -- our power to restore that border that minnesotans expect, that minnesotans demand, but as each of these folks said, it will take all of us. i am grateful to our neighbors,
our fellow americans who are helping and who are sending prayers and thoughts to the fellow governors. i am grateful to the president and the administration for continuing to be on the line and offer and provide assistance when needed, and i am most grateful to minnesotans. we built this state. we built the northstar. everything we believe in, these people are trying to destroy. if you are on the streets tonight, it is very clear -- you are not with us. you do not share our values. we will use the full strength of goodness and righteousness to make sure this ends. with that, i would be happy to answer questions along with the folks up here. peter? >> [indiscernible]
>> i will let these folks go -- it's a good question. peter's question is about how do we know this. i want to be clear, as i said earlier in the week, this is not about saying it is not us, but it's everybody from everywhere else. we understand the catalyst for and was minnesotans minnesotans' inability to deal with inequality, and equities, and honestly, the racism that has persisted. i'm not denying that, but where we are at right now, we are going to start releasing who some of these people are, and they will be able to start tracing that history of where they are at and what they're doing on the dark red and how they are organizing. i think our best estimate i heard is about 20% is what we think are minnesotans and about 80% are outside.
i'm not trying to deflect in any way. that maye have folks be out there, too, but the vast majority that are out there, but i think the difference is, and this is where mayor carter and mayor frey spoke eloquently, our what happened to george floyd, and we must see it fixed, but these folks are not them. peter, do you want to follow up on that? who are these people, and oft is happening in terms you going after them? we have begun making arrests, we have begun analyzing the data of who we have arrested and begun actually doing what you would think it is similar to
covid. it is contact tracing. who are they associated with? what platforms are they advocating for? we have sing -- seen things like white supremacist organizations who have posted things on platforms about coming to minnesota. we are checking on folks that we have made arrests on and we have information, are they connected to those platforms? we have seen flyers about protests were folk talk about they are going to get their loot on tonight. we are checking to see if they are part of a criminal organization, and if so, what is that organization? we have been working with are state, county, local, and federal partners to start looking at issues around -- is this organized crime? is this an organized sell of terror? where's the linkage?
we are in the process of building that information network, building that intel effort so we can link these folks together, figuring out the organizations that have created this, and understand how we go after them -- legally. that is absolutely part and parcel of our mission. we are public safety, and we recognize there are legal issues involved, but we are not going to tolerate the violence and destruction that they are using as a cover for the other illegal activity. >> are you going to release names? are you going to release information? >> i expect we will be able to release the names of some of the folks that have been arrested, and some of the background information we have pulled together, and we hope to be able to do that today. >> i think put that in the
media, too, is to help on that. and the frustration we feel about who are they, why do they do this, and it is one of the things i have asked to get this out, clearly. next question, please. >> [indiscernible] and what to ask for in terms of federal military assistance. >> this is the second conversation in 24 hours. i was joined on the call by hour leadership team, general jensen being the lead with military affairs. we are looking at the resources they have. if there is signal intelligence we can get from them, are there signals they can provide and talking with the national guard. i think it is important again to talk about the uniqueness of donation and protecting civil liberties is to make sure civilian control of the military and especially in the united
states is carried out. this goes back to the insurrection act. i was the lead author in 2007, so i understand clearly the militarization of a civilian population is a deep concern. that is why we are accessing and they are helping us access these assets. they also were able to provide support to beence able to see who these operators are. for minnesotans, as you saw this, and it has been 48 hours playing out, just thinking about this, the wars we fought to protect our nation, the war on terrorism and all that -- over the last 72 hours, these people have brought more destruction and more terror to minnesota than anyone in her history. when you see them out there wearing a baseball hat and a t-shirt and walking down, that is not who they are. that is not who this is. i think it's very clear to
change your mindset and we are changing parts -- changing ours, thateep in mind that peaceful protest has morphed into something very different. yes? >> [indiscernible] talking about how you're changing tactics and the amount of law enforcement we have here. yet, we did not see law enforcement until well after 11:00. >> yes, and it is a question i brought. it was sheer numbers. there were more law enforcement, and they were actively engaged like in no time in their history. one of the things about a curfew is much like i continue to say, civil society is not just maintained by laws and the threat of punishment but maintained by the social compact that we share the same values. the curfew gives us a legal authority to make the arrest of people out there, to start separating that. i would make clear to people
tonight that i believe, and setting expectations on this, what you have seen in previous nights i think will be dwarfed by what they do tonight. if you are an innocent bystander going out there tonight, you will be swept up in this, but thinking about the logistics of arresting someone who wants to break the law -- we talking thet the tactics they use, minute they do that, they are surrounding folks, cutting us off, trying to escalate a situation where deadly force is used and chaos ensues. the question about -- are you out there? have you put enough on -- just to be clear, the mayor of minneapolis requested national guard support earlier than anyone in the country. national guard was mobilized at a level unseen before in u.s. history by wednesday morning. forces on the ground last night were dwarfing anything we've inn from riots going back minnesota history. you are seeing sheer numbers of where protesters are at and that
is are job -- our job and what we are doing today. just to be clear, those who say "federalize and bring them in, you are talking about 400 people under that scenario and also fundamentally changing how we go about policing and striking that balance. if it were the case, throw everything at this, send out 100,000 people and go out and arrest every one of these people, that is the situation you would see on the street, so it has to be tactical. it has to be with support. we have to get help from the public taking sure if you are not involved in this and, what i would ask today is, if you know where these people are sleeping today, let us know and we will execute warrants. if you know someone was down there protesting, help us. call that in. tell us who they were. "they are not from minneapolis, but they are staying down here, doing this --" we will bring
them in. yes? >> [indiscernible] >> i will say this for the commissioner before he comes up here. this is one, again, i think all of us being as transparent as possible, i'm speaking to minnesotans now about articulating a plan. some of this will be the tactics they use. if i tell you and he tells you, they will adapt. we changed in two nights, they changed with us. i will let john tell you about some of the basic techniques you are seeing. -- andhe st. paul side these are preliminary numbers -- we had about 20 arrests made on the st. paul side. over half of those were for burglary. if you think about the grocery all thend walgreens and
liquor stores and pharmacies that have been broken into, as you look at all the plywood up and about, they were significant numbers for burglary, and then 1/3 of thatout total was for curfew violations in addition to that. on the minneapolis side, i believe there was once again between 15 to 20 there. much of that was for curfew violations and/or destruction of property, so that's the numbers we have so far. we need to get county booking numbers, and we recognize that as there were firebombings done throughout the area, that we will have to tap into washington and dakota because we understand they also had crimes committed in their jurisdictions.
>> [indiscernible] are you telling legitimate protesters to not help provide cover? >> i get the second part of your question there. >> [indiscernible] by being out tonight, you are most definitely helping those who seek to wrong hour city. let me be clear about this curfew. the people in our city, the residence of minneapolis, they are not abiding by the curfew because they don't want to get arrested. they are abiding by the curfew because they understand that it is the right thing to do for our city. londoners during world war i and world war ii did not turn off their lights because the
government told them to. they turned off the lights because they recognized it was the right thing to do for their city and country, and that's exactly the same thing as to what we are seeing. let me be clear about the numbers we have seen. early on, there were so many questions about why don't just onest our way out of this wednesday and thursday and why placede have an officer at each and every business -- if we were to place an officer at all of the businesses we were seeing get attacked and looted, it would be one officer facing in some instances 100 people coming in. if they were to arrest one, the other 99 walk right by. we certainly do not want to incite additional violence by triggering some sort of force, so this became a very difficult situation that was not about planning or strategy but about mass.
i want to be very clear -- we did not have the numbers early on. this was about mass. i called the governor as soon as i heard from resources and we need the numbers because we cannot do it alone. do have a concerted and unified contingent now. yes, definitely a by the curfew. we need everybody complying. thank you. i think we have all made the distinction that there are people seeking to peacefully protest. and there are other people agitators, seeking to agitate and incite violence. the problem we are hearing from a lot of our friends who have been in the movement here in minnesota for a very long time,
is that you have somebody who will go forward and break a window or try to start a fire or something, and as the governor mentioned, then run back behind the people who are trying to easily protest. and use them essentially as human shields. i hear people saying the curfew did not work to stop the incidents happened last night. to be clear, i do not think there is an expectation that people who are here from out of town to incite violence are going to say, oh shoot, we cannot co-opt there because the mayor implemented an 8:00 curfew. what is that -- with that is designed to do is separate those well-meaning community members, who are heartbroken and you are feeling legitimate anger and sadness, and ask them, as the mayor said, to stay out of that, so we can separate, who are the people in our community hurting
who need to be able to peacefully express their first member rights from who are the people in our community looking to break a window or start a fire or create destruction in our communities. so i would echo what the mayor said, by virtue of being out in that space, by being a part of a crowd that the people who would hope to destroy our communities can hide in, that yes, would be aiding those attempting to destroy our communities and that is the purpose of the curfew and we will gather at noon one second, we will gather at noon with civil rights leaders and members of this movement and folks who understand this clearly. and we will have them speak to about this question. go ahead. >> a follow-up question. when you talk about mobilization, how many national guard troops are you willing to --ept and heavy asked for and have you asked for? >> this might be a distinction
in when you are in the garden ready to deploy. approximately 13,000 minnesota guardsmen. all are not qualified to be mobilized because they have not conducted basic training. or their emco/ litary occupation training. when the governor task me the expectation is that every soldier and airmen regardless of military job, is available for this operation. at this time i do not have a number to give you, the top and, 13,200. the bottom end is where we are now, 2,400. it will be between those numbers, as we work through this. thank you. offered federal troops to come in.
are you going to except it? -- are you going to accept it. >> tacos back to an earlier question and it has happened before where they put the 82nd airborne on readiness and we have been constructed early and i spoke to the president himself days ago. i have spoken twice with secretary esper. in the joint chief of staff chairman millie along with the guidance of general jensen come about what that would look like. as i said earlier, the resources they are providing us in material resources, there is a mechanism with the national guard we are relying on which is quicker and better and easier to do, to rely on our state partners around us to provide that. federal troops, not from the community. they are not talking about mobilizing the entire u.s. army, we are talking in the neighborhood of several hundred. we can get more troops quicker than that by doing this. but that is an option put out
there and the support that goes with it. we will be back here and bring faith leaders to talk with you. today, true demonstrations and true expressions of grief and the true cost to heal our community and work. we will be out there and the folks be out there to support that and protect that and honor that right. but we ask those people as soon as those are done, to disburse, to be out of the area, and to not do what the mayor has clearly and eloquently, and i would associate myself, if you're out after 8:00, you are aiding and abetting these folks and helping make it easier for them and you are giving them the cover they want. minnesotans, this is an unprecedented time we are in. maybe an unprecedented time in american history, to my fellow governors experiencing this and the mayor's, we stand with u.s. americans who value decency,iths decency, who value
value community, who value the war, and we stand together. this is an opportunity for our nation to become united. to isolate those folks who are meant to bring us harm and to become stronger. we will be back with you shortly. thank you, mayor. >> at the justice department, attorney general william barr ate a brief statement on the violence taking place in cities nd