SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minneapolis Senators Kari Dziedzic, Jeff Hayden, Bobby Joe Champion, Patricia Torres Ray and Scott Dibble released the following joint statement encouraging area residents to comply with the 8 pm curfew tonight.
The DFL Senators released the following statement:
Mr. George Floyd’s murder Monday night was horrific. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We share in the grief people everywhere are experiencing.
The anger, sadness, and heartache over his wrongful death is real. The lack of past accountability is frustrating. We share in the frustration and have been pushing for comprehensive structural law enforcement reforms for years that will help truly ensure safety and rebuild public trust.
We join you in celebrating our First Amendment right to peacefully protest. The peaceful protest in South Minneapolis this afternoon was a ray of hope. We encourage everyone to participate in peaceful protests this evening, help clean the neighborhoods, and to donate food for those who don’t have stores near them anymore.
One of the best ways you can honor the life of Mr. Floyd is to stay home tonight. We encourage you to please be home by the 8 pm curfew. The situation has become extremely serious.
The protests are no longer about Mr. Floyd. There are outside organizations using this protest as an opportunity to promote violence and division. They are looking for publicity and are out to destroy our city. Many of these organizations are specifically targeting our BIPOC-owned small businesses and institutions that have helped revitalize the main streets in our neighborhoods. We will not tolerate that. We cannot let them bring down our beloved city.
If you see suspicious or destructive activity, please first call 911. For any activity you want to report, whether or not urgent, that is not an emergency, you can email or text us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be constantly monitoring this email tonight. We promise you we will get this information to the command center in a timely manner.
It has been a challenging week. We appreciate your kindness to your fellow Minneapolitans. Thank you for all you are doing to advocate for social justice.