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saw, which goes on and on and on. we saw a small snippet of it. when i first saw that online, that was when i realized what i wanted to write about because if you break that exchange down moment by moment, you see multiple failures of understanding, of empathy. a million things. >> tonight at 8:00 eastern on c-span's q&a. >> c-span's washington journal live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up monday morning, we will talk about race relations in america. first with a democratic strategist and later with a commentator. then a discussion about the report on infection control problems in nursing homes with john dicken. watch c-span's washington
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journal live at 7:00 eastern monday morning. join the discussion. >> minnesota governor tim walz announces he has extending the curfew in response to the looting, arson and riding in the twin cities. state law enforcement leaders joined him at the briefing and talked about the massive deployment of minnesota national guard, state police and county sheriff deputies. gov. walz: good morning, everyone. the past week was one of the most difficult in the history of our state. it started with the tragic and
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senseless murder of george floyd and it extended through the week of righteous anger being expressed by community leaders and all people of conscience. and continued to deteriorate into civil unrest and eventually violence and rioting. this morning in minnesota, the sun came to -- came up as it does this time of year, bright. trees are butted out. flowers are up. the promise of summer after a long winter is there. i want to say thank you to all of the people of and a soda who protected their neighbors, who took an unprecedented step last that an unprecedented force of our neighbors and public servants were able to come together, execute the most operationblic safety
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in the states history. they did so in professional manner. they did so without a single loss-of-life and minimal property damage. i am grateful to those folks. i am grateful for their protection of minnesota. again to make note once that the operational plan and the decision to operate falls with me. when the order to do so, the actions that happen after that are my responsibility. i want to once again extend my deepest apologies to the journalists who were once again in the middle of this situation, were inadvertently but nevertheless detained. to them personally and to the news organizations and to journalists everywhere, it is unacceptable. i said when it happened the other day i need to do better.
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i take full responsibility. and will not equivocate no matter how difficult the environment is p i would ask folks to know that in restoring public order and adhering to democratic principles and having a history of welcoming that openness, it is not our intention nor is it helpful to restoring public order to have that happen. you can rest assured we will look back again at what happened, try and make those changes. again that we will continue to dialogue with the media. it is critically important i am able to maintain or restore their trust in the necessity of them being out there to tell the story. day filled with tension. it was a day unlike any other us in minnesota had seen.
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the raw emotions were on display. the said yesterday, beautiful expression of solidarity and community we saw played out by peaceful protesters, by that beautiful minnesota,at is indigenous dancers leaving in the middle while the crowd kneeled around in reverence in making sure justice was served. i gathered yesterday with a group of leaders, elected leaders, clergy, moral leaders. lead with lieutenant governor flanagan. senators klobuchar and smith and an array of leaders. if any of you got the opportunity to hear some of those remarks, i said for the first time in quite some time, a weight felt off my heart for what minnesota could be. we were there for dual purpose.
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the first was to send a message to stay home last night. to stay off the streets to allow us to execute this so we could restore order. it was very clear that was not the primary message. that message was a means to an end. each and every one of them did -- to open up the space for the real conversation. a real understanding that george floyd was dead and the conditions here in minnesota contributed to that. and that we needed to deal with that. that space was created by last night's action to have us deal with the systemic issues we see exploding across the country. before i was in elected office -- i am a public school teacher by trade. one of the things i was most proud of and i think as minnesotans, any of you across the world may be getting your first look at who we are. that is unfortunate, but it is real.
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we will take that look. one of the things i am so proud of, our public schools consistently rank at or near the top. we are a state that extends from the canadian border. we have lakes so clear and pristine their 40 foot deep and you can see the bottom and drink from them. mining that the steel was used to build the country. we are a top agricultural producer. we are home to a concentration of fortune 500 companies. we innovate. we are passionate people. statistic, as governor i like to talk about this in the things we say. we do not just rank the top on educational attainment. we rank near the top on personal income, on homeownership, on life expectancy. one that came in while back, you
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rank second in a survey of 50 states in happiness. behind hawaii. if you take a deeper look and peel it back, all of those statistics are true if you are white. if you are not, we rank new the bottom. what this week is showing us is those two things can operate at the same place. you cannot continue to say you are a great place to live if your neighbor because of this cut -- because of the color of their skin is not have the same opportunity. that will manifest in things that are the small hidden racism's. will manifest itself in a child of color not getting the same a blackities or community not being able to acquire wealth through homeownership because of lending practices. week, thesaid last ultimate end of that type of behavior is the ability to believe you can murder a black man in public and it is an
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unusual thing murder charges were brought days later. what i would like to say again -- i want to thank everyone who participated in our ability to restore trust to our streets. it was incredibly complex. it was incredibly difficult. back to ay gets us place we were before and that place is not good enough. that place is not one that will get us the solutions. i'm going to leave the details of the operation to those commanders on the ground who executed this. it does fall to myself, other elected leaders, community leaders and others that if we do not get to that systemic problem, eventually this will get us back to a point that led to our communities on fire. our security and safety in
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question. and a searching for who we are. i could not be more proud of who we are as a state. i could not love this state more. in doing so, that tough love means things have to change. we have got to figure out how justice is served in the groups of people that asked for this, the groups of people who were part of that message with lieutenant governor flanagan weeding it as an indigenous woman -- leading it as an indigenous woman. represented of omar on the streets begging people to come home. to receive a call last night from jay-z. not international performer but dead. .- but dad stressing to me that justice needs to be served. that this is a place that wants to do it. this is a place that does it but we have to follow through. i'm going to transition.
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if the chaos of this week of tension and frayed nerves -- two people i am grateful that have been able to weather an emotional roller coaster who i have leaned to to be candid and be able to be in a room to asking question things are the mayors of our great cities. two young leaders with vision. two young leaders who have been talking about the systemic issue since they were elected. it was their platforms to make these changes. i am proud of the way they have conducted themselves with mayor carter from st. paul and now mayor frey from the great city of minneapolis. >> the governor mentioned just a couple seconds ago this concept of who we are. in talking about who we are and seeing who we are, it is important to acknowledge the positives as well as the negatives.
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for those of you that are seeing minneapolis for the first time, you saw at five -- you saw said five minutes at our worst followed by a week of great difficulty. however, i also want you to see some of the positives. last night was sandwiched between a beautiful rally of thousands of people from our native community all rallying around a common cause, which is each other, which is diversity, which is everything we hold dear. it was safe. it was peaceful. it was joyous. there was singing. there was dancing. that is also who we are. on the others of that sandwich was the events we are seeing this morning, which is people coming out of their homes, walking to their business is, picking up debris, pulling out a with and showing that even
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the grave difficulty we have had over the last week, even though the whole world has seen us at our worst, we can still be at our best. right tot is also acknowledge first that no mare could have ever imagined the scenes that played out yesterday on our streets. wouldterday's activity ever be considered somehow to be more stable than the days that had preceded. yesterday, the overarching mission was preservation of life, preservation of property, and restoration of order. to all our neighbors who stayed home and gave our first responders the opportunity to succeed -- and i do mean it. they would not have had the opportunity to have any form of
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success without you staying at home. monday, may 25 when an officer murdered george floyd has renewed a collective trauma in our city and our nation. community, for -- for our black committee, for our young people, we are going to keep working. we are going to keep working to strive to make sure the twin cities can be better. we know there is a lot of work ahead. we know there is a long way to go. i will just talk briefly about night, which last were obviously difficult to watch, with the restoration of order in some form was important -- but the restoration of order in some form was important. we had no significant fires last night.
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seen, just after around 8:30, there were 10 fast strike teams. 10 mobile force units. movingre charged with people away from the fifth precinct followed by making arrest should there were about -- by making arrests. there were about 25 arrests. we have got a lot of work to do ahead. we have a whole lot of work to do ahead. what has happened to george floyd is indelibly etched into the soul of minneapolis. the action of one and the inaction of three officers have forever changed our city. we must become a better city. we must become a more just city. that is the task ahead of us today. that is the task ahead of us tomorrow and into the future.
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thank you. >> thank you, mayor. yesterday, we asked a big thing of our residents. we asked you to stay home. we asked you to clear the streets, to give our police officers law enforcement tofessionals the opportunity reclaim a sense of peace, a sense of calm, a sense of order in our community. at the heart of that request was an invitation. us to an invitation for take the anger, to take the grief, to take the trauma and even the rage we have all experienced over the past week. and decide how we would channel it. we can either channel this
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energy towards destroying our own communities, towards burning and looting are barbershops, our restaurants, our family-owned businesses, the lives and livelihoods that have gone in all of those institutions. or we can take this energy and channel it towards building a better future. i share the governor and mayor of gratitudeents and extreme appreciation for those of you who honored that gavew, who stayed home and our law enforcement professionals an opportunity to work. now is ahat right moment of deep soul-searching for our community and for our nation should right now -- for our nation. right now, we ought to be focused on the fact that george
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floyd should still be alive today. we ought to be focused on the fact that when someone takes one of our lives in such dramatic especiallye fashion, when it is as well-documented as george floyd's murder was, that we ought to have some ability to be confident, to be sure that the people responsible, not just one at the four people responsible for his death in a democracy as great as ours, that the four people responsible for his death will of course be held to account. community -- we have had a lot of conversations about whether these are insiders or outsiders, whether they're from in town or out of town. one thing that is clear to me is those folks who would seek to
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act in a way that during a pandemic would deprive our senior citizens of the local pharmacy they need to go to to get their life-saving medicine, who in the midst of a food shortage would to private -- would deprive our families of the grocery stores they need to go to to feed their children who in the greatest economic crises in our history, our workers of the opportunity to go to work and earn a living and to participate in our economy. the one thing that is clear to me is those folks are not driven, those actions are not driven by a sense of deep drive for the betterment of our community. acknowledge that does not mean there is not real rage. that does not mean there is not real anger. that does not mean our residents
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are happy with what happened. i do not know a single police officer, i do not know a single ceo, lawyer, accountant community activist who is happy with what happened. who is accepting what happened. george floyd's killing is unacceptable. it is disturbing by itself. theombination with all of other people, african-american people, african-american men who have lost their lives unarmed, ressive,ssive -- unagg not just over the past decade as camera phones have become the norm but over past decades and generations and centuries in our country. that anger is real.
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i share it with you. today, we are asking our community for peace. i want to be very clear. we are not asking you for patience. we are not asking you for pessimism. -- for pacifism. we are not asking you -- i am not asking you to sit to the side and patiently wait while we slowly and incrementally stem the bloody tied of african-american men killed by law enforcement. we are asking you to take that energy which has consumed our country, that energy which is a new clear energy that could either destroy us or bring us together and build us up in a way we have never been together before as a country, we are asking you to take that energy and use it not to destroy our neighborhoods but to destroy the historic culture, but to destroy
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the systemic racism, to destroy in specific where this is ,oncerned, the legal precedents the police union contracts, all of the things that make it so difficult to hold someone accountable when a life like george floyd's is so wrongfully taken. if i had one thing that could stop all of this, that could help ease all of the anger we felt, it would be something in our history, some historic pattern or trend that could make us feel confident and secure. that the officers involved will be held accountable. that we as a nation are using this as a pivot point to chart a new course for our country. sadly, we do not have the historical fact or the historical trend to show that.
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seen thisergy we have week, the passion we have seen this week, the dedication for a better country and a better future and a better state and a better city that we have seen this week is that energy, is that tool. we are asking you to channel that energy in a way that builds us, in a way that makes us better, in a way that brings us together. to every single person who is frustrated, who is sad, who is angry, who is devastated, who know thisworld to can never happen again, i say we are with you. i thank her law enforcement professionals for serving us so valiantly, our firefighters for serving us so violently -- so violently over the course of the week working in challenging conditions, sometimes with bottles and rocks hurled at
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them. i know they have to stand as a part of this with us as we build this stronger pack, this stronger social compact in future together. >> thank you, mayor. >> good morning. i am commissioner of the department of public safety. we set up for a new operational approach yesterday. that the group of writers who had attacked the city of minneapolis and the city of st. paul and the surrounding burning, salting, robbing and looting, that their numbers were great and that they and a tactical
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advantage over us in the early days of last week. yesterday, minnesota's -- chiefs of group police, sheriffs, federal law analysts,t, intel fire and ems, and the minnesota national guard all came together to take a different approach to how we were going to keep the peace, which i think is the most fundamental job of any cop. i always tell people i do not think of myself as a police officer. i think of myself as a piece officer -- as a peace officer. we created a different organizational model at the coordination center. we briefed that model and we set
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throughoutving teams the twin cities area to targets we knew were of high value and high probability of attack. we worked the intel. we worked with the community. i want to emphasize that. we worked with the community to identify where those high valued targets would be. we pre-positioned staff so they would be immediately adjacent. we gave this mandate to them. .et there fast speed is of the essence. stop the violence. stop the criminal activity. do not sit back and wait for enough resources to get there to have the perfect plan. get in and get it done rapidly. that, we set up
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more traditional mechanisms. mobile field forces. they are bigger. they are stronger. if you were going to confront a large crowd of committed writers , wed -- committed rioters needed to make sure we have those resources there. for so terribly grateful general jensen's folks because they anchored critical infrastructure, freeing up law enforcement, freeing up peace officers, fire and others, to be that rapid response force that we needed. plan was started yesterday at 4:00, roughly. hrs, or points of contact were in place -- our
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points of contact were in place. we were already receiving information. we continued our communications throughout the night. luminary data is -- preliminary data is that by 2:00 in the morning, were about 25 arrests on the hennepin county side in the world about 30 -- and there were about 30 arrest on the ramsey county side. it sounds like we have had additional arrests made. maybe as many as another 40 or 50 arrests. we will get that information for you. action as the governor outlined to us to safety was going to be protected. we did use the curfew effectively. rioters toallow the get set up. we kept the rioters moving.
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he had every opportunity arrested the rioters for violations of curfew. a largeimportantly, number of the arrests we made over last night were for weapons violations. people, we15's off took guns off people. we noted that once again, their tactics had also changed. we noted we were seeing cars drive through our neighborhoods and our communities without any license plates on them. and with their lights out and their windows blacked out. police moved to stop those vehicles. fledthey did, the drivers on foot. some were arrested. you cannot catch everybody. cars,e went back to those several of them had been stolen locally. we found they were full of rocks and other weapons that were
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being driven to places so that more damage and more assaults could take place. got innovative last night. one of the missions the governor gave us was fire suppression. fire suppression is not necessarily normally in my wheelhouse. we went to the state fire marshal and we went to the dnr who do fire suppression as a regular part of their business and we got innovative. we began using aviation support to support a fire suppression mission. we were able to pull in additional fire companies from the suburbs to help support minneapolis and st. paul. we did not need many of them. we were very fortunate. i will take good luck over most everything most days. addition to the fire
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suppression missions, the last piece of this i want to say is we also really did work the information mission. we knew we were getting tips from community. i was on the phone with church leaders. long into the night. looting thatts and were coming to their communities. we were able to debunk most of those rumors. but we were also able to alert church leaders when a set of rumors came that black churches were going to be attached. we were able to alert some significant church leaders that this was at least a rumor we were hearing and we were working to either confirm or deny the rumor. that allowed the churches to do what they needed to do to protect their facilities and their places of faith. said, had aht as i significant number of arrest.
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we had one officer shot at. that officer was not hit. we arrested the two people in the car from which the shot was fired. we were covered in ar 15 rifle in that case. riflerecovered an ar-15 in that case. this was a team effort. the state patrol in the dnr stepping up into working in area that is not very normal area of responsibility. they stood tough. this was sheriffs from all over the state of minnesota sending me the corrections officers and their deputies and literally coming themselves to make sure we had the resources we needed. this was federal law enforcement partners, the fbi, the u.s. attorney's office, u.s. marshal sending us additional resources
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to make sure we could do investigations, so that we could scrub the intel so we could be driven by fax and not running around chasing every rumor with uniformed cops. least,, last but not this was an overwhelming support by the minnesota national guard coming in and locking down critical facilities so that first responders could in fact respond and respond quickly. turn ittime, i will over to general jensen from the minnesota national guard. >> good morning, everyone. i am major general john jensen. guardnnesota national continues to build our presence and in gratian with the law enforcement partners across
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neapolis and st. paul. -- across minneapolis and st. paul. last night, we completed 19 missions. this morning, i had the opportunity to visit minneapolis and visit my soldiers and airmen who are in support of this operation. i am impressed and inspired by these men and women who in just a few short hours left of their lives as civilians, has school teachers, business owners, andanics, truck drivers transitioned into their role as citizen soldier, citizen airmen. and operated with professionalism and dedication in an incredibly dangerous and complex environment. commissioner harrington talked about that this was a team
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effort and it absolutely is a team effort. we are a small part of that team. we are incredibly proud to be a part of the team both in minneapolis and st. paul. we also know this. several of the brief words this morning talked about this. a tremendous amount of work remains ahead of us. we are committed to all of that work whether it is this week, next month, or into the future. at this time, i will be followed by the kernel from the state patrol. colonel from the state patrol. >> yesterday i stood here and i laid with asking for the support from minnesotans. later,and here 24 hours after a difficult and tiring night, the first thing i want to say is thank you for the support of minnesotans get through the night in a way that was
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different from the previous night. while we were proud and humbled to accept the challenge given to us by governor walz to bring peace to the city of minneapolis, the state patrol did not do this alone. the state patrol relies heavily on the relationships we have developed over the history of organization with allied agencies. i cannot thank you enough the police chiefs the sheriff's who dropped everything -- the police chiefs and the sheriffs who dropped everything to a community they do not normally police. state troopers, the dnr conservation officers, entire national guard, county sheriff's deputies and other dispatchers and other people who support those in uniform, thank you is all that comes to mind but it is not enough. traveling from all areas of the state to the metro region to risk their personal safely for the greater good really needs to
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be driven home. it was a dangerous night. it was a dangerous action. it was unpredictable. anyone who watched what happened all the rest of this week knew that that was likely what was in front of us last night. our plan was different. it was unified. we were committed. although we are never perfect we are often times our hardest critics, i will stand on the backside of last night to say our goal was accomplished. fires were not set. we did not see the lawlessness. do not see the risk to personal safety -- we did not see the risk to personal safety. that was our goal. that was our expectation. that is our hope as we move forward. i appreciate the support of venice soda. i cannot say thank you -- of minnesota. i cannot say an q enough to
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those who support us. frontlinethank you to first responders, state troopers and others who came together and put their lives on the line to make minnesota a safe place for everyone. thank you. >> i want to echo my thanks to commissioner harrington, and all the folks who were there for doing this incredibly difficult mission. i have to note that we are not done yet. i would like to announce we are going to be extending the curfew into this evening as well as some of the operational moves that will continue to be put out today like the closing of the major highways. about what it takes
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to make this happen, there is a lot of untold stories out there of everyone who was making this happen, trying to make support from business communities. i received communications from charlie weaver who leads up our minnesota business partnership helping us understand all of the private businesses who are already hurting in the middle of the covid-19 pandemic. out there providing food and support to our first responders. i want to thank all of them. i also want to thank for minnesotans that our democracy is dependent on the checks and balances. our democracy is dependent on having a transparency to make sure we are making the right decisions and able to bring back a place where civil liberties are critically important in the legislative process is part of this. i want to be clear the responsibility of -- to tax the experts in their
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areas. there's only one person in venice soda they can issue that order to go. the responsibilities are mine. i sent those folks to the field to operate. the outcomes of that and how that was conducted in the guidance follows back with me. what is important is there are other voices in this. last night, this has been -- you heard about the church leaders and everybody. the legal responsibility of our legislatures. they have been on the phone doing the thing that great legislatures do. fielding questions and concerns and problem-solving solving for their constituents. whether they be house members or senate members. last night, in the final briefing and the execution of this operation was going to be put in place before i was giving the order, those leaders were briefed.
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speaker melissa hortman, speaker of the minnesota house, the minority leader of the minnesota senate joined us by phone. the majority leader in the minnesota senate and minority leader joined us in the emergency operations center where they received a brief from my commanders. commander'smy intent. they asked all of the right questions. i want to say and i will not speak for them, but the sentiment is that we are clearly political rivals, our love for this day and our desire to get this right was expressed. i want to say thank you to them, understanding how difficult for them it is to watch at this time. continuing to ask questions to make us do this right is greatly appreciated. with that, i would open it up for questions. >> i want to ask you, why didn't you have a massive show of force
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on friday night? thursday night, the third precinct was burned down. businesses were destroyed. thursday night was a bad night. why not? gov. walz: the first thing i would say is we have discussed this from a military perspective. the question that is going to get asked is why did you not have enough and why did you have too much. could i guarantee nso tends would have saved you -- could i guarantee minnesotans would have safety in their homes. one of the things as logistically to bring them there, on the timing, we understood. one of the critiques was white and we do this wednesday or tuesday. there was also the dynamics of a raqwww from laws enforcement. the spark that lit this was law
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enforcement killing an innocent man on the street. i will not make excuses in retrospect. you can go back. if we assembled this force last friday, we would have been better off, that was not the case. i am the only one that can issue those responsibilities. , ifou are going to do this it succeeds because you did that, that is fine. i am not going to second-guess. comfortablet most we had our forces in place to be able to do that. it is something i will have to deal with, that loss of property and the anguish is real. i have to look to the future. >> [indiscernible]
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you have any authority to do that? gov. walz: this question has been asked a lot. this is complex. i have folks that let me know what the laws are. still at this point, trying to keep me from not using my authority of the governor to jeopardize the legal proceedings that are out there. i hear this. i hear there are concerns. we have explored and i do believe at this point in time, it is not clear cut. that or haveplain an opportunity to talk to the public of where that is that, but that is a potential possibility. no decision has been made. we will continue to explore that. mayor carter said it. justice, there is no one in the communities until they see results is in anyway going to feel comforted.
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they have seen incremental change. we have seen times of crisis. have seen governors stand up and tell them never again. when there is an outcry on numerous fronts about things we maybe have not done before but need to be done, i hear them. any other? >> this is from the associated press. the same question of the special prosecutor. that the floyd family has requested the attorney general to be the response leader as has half of the minneapolis city council. gov. walz: that is correct. the siblings of george floyd asked me personally on this, so we have had that conversation. i have received from the city council and i just leaders that request. it goes to the question that both of you are asking. i think it is incumbent upon me
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in consultation with these leaders. certainly from the legal aspect that i do not do anything to jeopardize justice but to recognize the communities themselves are asking things and i need to explore it. at this point in time, no decision has been made. it is out there. it is being considered. it would be incredibly urgent in the environment we are in not to make sure we are exploring every option. >> outside agitators -- [indiscernible] gov. walz: i want to address this. i certainly believe the sophistication of this. i do not want to get ahead of what is proprietary. this is a fine line. before our operation kicked off last night, a very sophisticated
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denial of attack on all computers was executed. that is pretty sophisticated. i do want to address this. i think the confusion around this in the focusing on it, last night when i went home to shower before coming here, i will candidly -- there is the confusion of all that is happening. it is hard to get the data directly. what we are hearing from human intelligence coming in. i think candidly, i certainly think i want to believe it is outside more. that went -- that may go to the problem we have of saying it cannot be minnesotans. i know there are outside folks. i have been clear and i will say it again this morning, the catalyst that started this was the murder of george floyd in
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minnesota. that was our problem. we will get more data on this. wherever these folks are coming from two because this harm, we have to address it. areidea of saying they outside forces is not to deflect and pretend we do not have that. i think it is an important question. i do not have any specifics on this other than to be able to say it does not look like the majority. maybe i cannot speak about the arrests. >> the data we had from yesterday, about 20% of the folks arrested came from outside of minnesota. tracking folks from arkansas, kansas city, iowa and illinois. and i believe michigan. the pool of folks who were arrested yesterday. i do not have the booking sheets yesterday from last night so i cannot give you any additional information on that.
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in terms of the most current set of arrests. 20% of yesterday's arrests had out-of-state addresses we were tracking. gov. walz: i think this is one we still need to explore more. just in that moment of candidness, it is easier sometimes for us to believe. people understand that leads to some of the systemic issues. >> can you talk about tonight in the next couple of days the worst areas, [indiscernible] be. walz: i think today will -- the mayor has talked about this. you will see the best minnesota has to offer. i think it would be naive and irresponsible -- and this will be a question going back. we are going to keep in place the curfew. we will communicate with the public clearly today. there will be critiques of me
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that is excessive. i just think it is irresponsible. we do not think these people quit. in light of what we are seeing around the country, these have expanded. what we are asking people to do is continue what they're doing. we are going to encourage you throughout the day and i want to add to the cooperation. there will be people who were on the streets last night after the curfew that are there because they are outraged about what happened to george floyd. they were out on the streets after 8:00. not thinking about causing riots. as we said you yesterday, -- as we said yesterday, we cannot separate. these people are hiding behind them. i'm going to ask those folks to stay home after eddie :00 -- after 8:00. we are not going to allow our streets to be turned into chaos. we are going to be smart with air force that is out there. -- with our force that is out
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there and monitor the situation. we cannot stay in this posture forever. that is why it is important today to start standing -- to start sending strong signals to the people who caused this. i will be spending time talking with the faith leaders and community leaders, with folks who are looking at law enforcement reform. to minnesotans, i will tell you this. we have a bright sunny last day of may. our city is not burning. ss of life.o a day to start the healing. come 8:00 tonight, i would ask to make sure we can maintain that. >> [indiscernible]
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the young woman on her porch who was told to go inside. [indiscernible] >> is a good question. i think i referenced in my comments. these are not particularly pretty actions we take. i can assure you of all the things the state patrol would have rather been doing, it was anything but what we had to do. it was necessary. i commit to you honesty and transparency. there are always lessons learned. never a single one of them has gone by that is perfect. as long as we are continually improving both our training and practices in learning, that is all we can ask for. we will review this like we do any large-scale incident both with a greater loss care -- law
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enforcement community and within the state patrol. there will be things we will learn. there will be things we change. we hope we never have to do this again, but if we do, it will be better. [indiscernible] on thatyou are standing line -- and have to put yourself in the position of law enforcement. you have a helmet on. people are throwing things that you. people are getting hurt. and you put a gas mask on because we are confronted with things being thrown at us. there is commercial grade fireworks coming at us. it is like a fog. he put all of this stuff on. you are pushing -- you are pushing all of this stuff -- people are breaking fences and arming themselves to do harm to our law enforcement. it is a dynamic, dangerous situation. you are pushing forward, the
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goal of crowd control is to disperse the crowd, to bring the energy out to keep the peace and to arrest and remove safely and efficiently those that are not listening or those that are intent on doing harm. nothing about it is pretty. you hit the nail on the head. the goal is to disperse and move the crowd. you cannot move some of the crowd and allow some of the crowd to stay behind you. that would be a recipe of failure particularly for those extremely bad actors who would like nothing more than to give the representation they are just fine here to help and are good citizens and then they get behind our officers and do their bad act. we recovered guns. we recovered all kinds of dangerous stuff. i could go on and on. the bottom line is that are lessons learned. her folks are well too -- our folks are well-trained. we have some of the best field
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folks in the nation. we follow best practices. we train and we have good policy. that is not mean we do not learn from each of these incidents. gov. walz: i think this is one thate things -- i agree the people picked up with guns claiming to be reporters at the time of the attack. those law enforcement folks were on that street and giving those orders because i used my authority and ordered -- for so long, so many community seen things, truly misconduct issues. they have heard that we will internally investigate and it will be fixed. they do not have faith in that.
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what we need to change is what people are asking for, in -- injustice. those officers were out there under my direction. accountable for making sure that those things are investigated. a clear signal. i supported the actions out there. those people need to know that we are there. to the public, they need to make unacceptable what happened to our reporters. i will do everything that i can. what can we do next time to make sure that they are not there? reporter: [indiscernible] gov. walz: the charge brought by
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the attorney is murdered. i have a difficult time watching that and seeing that, that yes, i worry about this because my human emotion, the visceral response to the eradicating of george floyd -- which felt like the eradicating of all of us -- we are human and the emotions come forward. willing to call things what they were, and that created ambiguity. the best analogy i have -- if that had been four civilians on another civilian, we would not be having a debate at all if that were murdered. i need to be cautious about that. it goes back to the special prosecutor laws for a reason. i think when a community sees us
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hiding behind process and patience, not adds a lot to this. reporter: we want to see the other three officers charged. [indiscernible] have, iz: from what i will let the prosecutors and the people decide. i do think that is warranted. things?nk it will calm we might be getting to the point where things are being done. calm -- this has been articulated clearly -- that primal scream for justice and change will be there. will that be enough to take away the manifesting of the fires and all of that?
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i saw an interview where somebody who was out past curfew, but was passionate about what was happening and was screaming at the people starting fires. i think necessarily -- it would start to move us forward. it would be naive to think he could stop some of this. can we take one more? arerter: a lot of viewers asking questions. how did he get your phone number and what did he have to say to you? gov. walz: i got a text from van jones. jay-z would like to talk to me about this. he has been speaking out about it and i have been taking calls. he called and it has been
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strange amongst all of this, but it was so incredibly human. it was not jay-z international, celebrity and well-known. it was a dad and a black man, whose visceral pain -- his words was,, to summarize what it is that justice needs to be served here. i am grateful. he says he has been watching this on tv, and he feels the compassion and humanity of these people who are speaking and a difficult environment, at the heart of all of this. he is watching. how minnesota handles this will have an impact across the country. he was passionate. he was gracious. he was grateful. sign ofit is a positive someone of a stature, who has a
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presence like that, is focused on the moment on which minnesotans are focused on. all of those peaceful protesters down there on lake street yesterday afternoon and what they are expressing, that is what he was expressing. quite honestly, deliberate. he asked along the questions of how will this be prosecuted, and can we trust that it will be done right? thank you. we will continue to brief as accurately as possible. information about today's actions, curfew and road closings will be posted as quickly as possible. i ask minnesota to use this day to connect with your neighbor, continue to build a community. the side ofhe world this state that we are so incredibly proud of. thank you mayor. -- thank you, mayor.
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thank you, commissioner. >> monday night on the communicators. former fc commissioner talks about ways to reduce hate speech and extremism online. find aanies, when they terrorist content, they will tag it so that others do not copy it . there is much greater cooperation than what we had two years ago, but there is a tremendous amount that needs to be done. >> watch the communicators monday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span two. new york governor andrew cuomo announced the state attorney general will be investigating the police department's conduct after viral videos showed officers using violence against protesters.


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