Per Breitbart, during a press conference on Saturday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) stated that despite the “largest civilian deployment” in the history of the state, law enforcement lacks the numbers to respond to rioting in the state, and that “We cannot arrest people when we’re trying to hold ground.” He also took responsibility “for underestimating the wanton destruction and the size of this crowd.”
Walz said, “This is the largest civilian deployment in Minnesota history that we have out there today. And quite candidly, right now, we do not have the numbers. We cannot arrest people when we’re trying to hold ground. Because of the sheer size, the dynamics, and the wanton violence that’s coming out there.”
He added, “I will take responsibility for underestimating the wanton destruction and the size of this crowd. We have deployed a force, that, I think, as we sat down together and talked about, would have, in any other civilian police operation, worked. But the terrifying thing is to hear people who have seen this, and myself looking at this, it resembles more of a military operation at times now, as, especially, ringleaders moving from place to place.”
Per WashingtonTimes, the Pentagon ordered the Army to place on alert several active-duty U.S. military police units after President Trump spoke with Mr. Esper about military options to subdue the unrest in Minneapolis-St. Paul, according to the Associated Press.
Minnesota isn’t alone. The peaceful protest crowds that assembled to decry the death of Mr. Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes, have been replaced by rioting mobs wrecking destruction on major cities nationwide.
Police tangled Friday night with increasingly violent crowds in Atlanta, Denver, Detroit, Houston, New York City and Oakland, California, where two federal security officers were gunned down in front of the Oakland Federal Building, and one later died.
The Twin Cities saw more destruction Friday night as buildings, cars and other property were vandalized, looted and burned by tens of thousands of curfew-defying protesters, who swamped the 2,500 officers assembled to quell the unrest.
Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said that the “little group that started out embedding themselves into George Floyd’s memorial service is no longer a little group.”