Three Minnesota officials have suggested “white supremacists” may be among those behind the chaotic George Floyd protests that have turned violent.
Minnesota Democrat Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan said “People should be able to come together … and mourn and grieve and demand change and justice in policing and every other racist system that we have that has been part of this state, but in this moment, we cannot because there are detractors. There are white supremacists. There are anarchists. There are people who are burning down the institutions that are core to our identity and who we are.”
Mayor Jacob Frey tweeted:
In the last few days, both our city and state law enforcement capacities have been overwhelmed by simple math — an overwhelming ratio of rioters that even our unified effort has been unable to push back.
We are now confronting white supremacists, members of organized crime, out of state instigators, and possibly even foreign actors to destroy and destabilize our city and our region.
John Harrington, Minnesota’s public safety commissioner said during a press conference today that he’s aware of “White Supremacists” who have “posted things on platforms about coming to Minnesota,” suggesting he would investigate if any of those who have been arrested match.
We have begun analyzing the data of who we arrested and doing what ..is almost similar to our Covid. It’s contact tracing. Who are they associated with?What platforms are they advocating for? We have seen things like White Supremacist organizers who have posted things on platforms about coming to Minnesota. We are checking to do the folks that we have made arrests on, that we have information are they connected to those platforms.
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Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington says they've begun contact tracing arrestees.
"Who are they associated with? What platforms are they advocating for? … Is this organized crime? … We are in the process right now of building that information network." pic.twitter.com/U0KNIVHnf6
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 30, 2020
President Trump tweeted Saturday morning:
It’s ANTIFA and the Radical Left. Don’t lay the blame on others!
These are “Organized Groups” that have nothing to do with George Floyd. Sad!
Per Fox News, A USA Today report quoted a security consultant saying intelligence reports indicate many of the more serious protesters are far-left or anarchists, without a significant appearance yet by far-right groups — while noting locals and outsiders could be involved in conflicts with authorities.