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Walz: Unrest across Minneapolis is unprecedented threat to state, authorities outnumbered

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- As unrest continued into the early morning hours Saturday in Minneapolis, Gov. Tim Walz took responsibility for underestimating the destructive effort.

"This is not about George's death. This is not about disparities being real. This is about chaos," he said during an early morning news conference with other state and city leaders.

The Department of Public Safety announced it had made 50 arrests during the evening and were anticipating larger crowds on Saturday.

"This is the largest civilian deployment in Minnesota History," Gov. Walz said.

The Minnesota National Guard expected to have more than 1,700 soldiers on the ground during the day Saturday.

Late Friday night Twin Cities media outlets reported a Wells Fargo bank, gas station and post office were among several buildings on fire late Friday night into Saturday.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reported shots were fired at law enforcement officers near the 5th Precinct. In a social media post, DPS said no troopers or officers were injured.

DPS also said officers had "arrested several people who ignored multiple dispersal orders."

Four hours after a curfew order went into effect, Governor Walz issued a tweet, saying: "The Minnesota National Guard, State Patrol, and local police are on the ground responding to incidents in Mpls-St. Paul. I urge residents to comply with 8pm curfew and go home immediately. Law enforcement needs to respond to emergencies, restore order, and keep Minnesotans safe."

In a tweet at midnight, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said, "A significant increase in personnel is being deployed to the 5th Precinct to help control the fire and provide support to our neighborhood." He also noted that more resources were being sent downtown.

During the early morning news conference Frey urged people to help put a stop to the chaos.

"If you care about your community you’ve got to put this to an end. This needs to stop. You’re not getting back at the police officer that tragically killed George Floyd by looting a town. You’re not getting back at anyone." 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Kevin Jacobsen

News Director

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