Mayor Jacob Frey also said he decided to evacuate a police station later set ablaze: "The symbolism of a building cannot outweigh the importance of life." He spoke after President Trump tweeted about Minneapolis' unrest: "Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts."
In an unusually swift move, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced criminal charges against the Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd – an act caught on video and seen around the world, turning Minneapolis and St. Paul into a tinderbox as angry demonstrators set a police station ablaze and destroyed several businesses.
A somber Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz confronted criticism after a third night of destructive protests in response to George Floyd's death in police custody. A National Guard officer said the mission lacked clarity.