St. Paul, Minn.— Today, Senator Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Minneapolis) released the following statement in response to the unlawful and dangerous looting and violence in downtown Minneapolis Wednesday evening:
“I would like to thank Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, and Governor Tim Walz for their swift action to protect downtown Minneapolis from further violence and dangerous looting in response to a false rumor that a man who killed himself had been shot by police.
The leadership of the City quickly contacted community leaders and the media to show them a city surveillance video that confirmed the shooting was self-inflicted. This allowed the media to publicize and help quell the rumors on social media that a man had been shot by police. Minneapolis police also reached out to community leaders who worked to ensure the correct information on the incident was released quickly.
Mayor Jacob Frey called a curfew from 10:00 pm to 6:00 pm on both Wednesday and Thursday night. He also asked for additional help from Gov. Walz in the form of the national guard and additional state troopers. In response, Gov. Walz declared a peacetime emergency and deployed the National Guard and 150 state troopers’ officers to help deescalate the situation.
Working together, these actions by our city and state leaders helped deescalate a potentially dangerous situation and I applaud their swift response and actions Wednesday night. Violence and looting against our community and businesses have to stop. It’s time to come together as a community and rebuild, not destroy.”