After the death of George Floyd, a man who died in police custody after an officer pinned his neck to the ground with his knee, the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul have erupted in all-out riots.
While they are calling for justice to be served for Floyd’s tragic death, his family is calling for peace and an end to the riots that have literally set the city Floyd loved ablaze.
Courteney Ross, Floyd’s girlfriend of three years, told the Star Tribune that she is “heartbroken” over the chaos that broke out in the city Tuesday night.
“Waking up this morning to see Minneapolis on fire would be something that would devastate Floyd,” she said. “He loved the city. He came here [from Houston, Texas] and stayed here for the people and the opportunities … Floyd was a gentle giant. He was about love and about peace.”
Although she “understands their frustration,” Ross added that she wants people to “protest in a peaceful way.”
The Star Tribune also reported:
Some of Floyd’s relatives echoed Ross’ sentiments Thursday through their attorney, Benjamin Crump, who for many years has represented families across the country left mourning the death of loved ones during police encounters.
Crump said in a statement issued after speaking with some of Floyd’s relatives that they thank the protesters “for joining them in standing for justice, [but] we also cannot sink to the level of our oppressors, and we cannot endanger each other as we respond to the to the necessary urge to raise our voices in unison and outrage.”
Crump added in a tweet that the family wants “peace in Minneapolis” and that “looting and violence distract from strength of our collective voice.”
OFFICIAL STATEMENT from @AttorneyCrump on behalf of #GeorgeFloyd's Family. Thank you for all your support 🙏🏾 Official George Floyd Memorial Fund (GoFundMe): https://t.co/kyizILQogE #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #JusticeForFloyd #SayHisName pic.twitter.com/VegSm6HEQi
— Benjamin Crump, Esq. (@AttorneyCrump) May 28, 2020
As Hot Air noted in an editorial on the protests, however, “those agents of calm and reason, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton” announced that they were headed to town to speak to protesters.
According to the Star Tribune, Sharpton spoke to protesters just steps away from the place where Floyd was arrested on Monday night.
“The violence was started on this corner when the man was choked to death,” the reverend said. “There’s a difference between peace and quiet. Some people just want quiet. Peace is justice.”
Overnight, the situation in Minneapolis devolved from peaceful, massive protests to an all-out riot, with countless individuals taking advantage of the tension to begin looting and setting various buildings around the city on fire.
BREAKING: The third precinct police station is on fire. Rioters have taken over pic.twitter.com/AJg4jDr9Tz
— Max Nesterak (@maxnesterak) May 29, 2020
Social media is flooded with firsthand accounts of the protests, including descriptions of buildings set on fire, business owners of all races standing outside their storefronts to defend them, and police allegedly harassing peaceful protesters.
Never in my life had I imagined I'd see violence and destruction in my home city like I saw tonight. I went to high school two blocks from here. Lake St. and 26th Ave. S. pic.twitter.com/3ez1UyyxtX
— Mark Vancleave 🎥+📰=🎉 (@MDVancleave) May 28, 2020
Lawful black firearms owners standing guard outside their businesses. pic.twitter.com/UyV5uHw3cW
— Ezra Levant 🍁 (@ezralevant) May 28, 2020
I’m on the ground in Minneapolis, MN. I want to be clear— @MinneapolisPD is antagonizing protestors.
They’re spraying irritants at people walking down the street, waiting on the bus— not even involved in protest. I was sprayed 2X w/ pepper spray walking to my hotel. pic.twitter.com/i4TBIzc1Eq
— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) May 29, 2020
As of early Friday morning, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard.
“Unfortunately, some individuals have engaged in unlawful and dangerous activity, including arson, rioting, looting, and damaging public and private property,”Gov. Walz said in his request for the National Guard, according to Deadline. “These activities threaten the safety of lawful demonstrators and other Minnesotans, and both first responders and demonstrators have already been injured.”
If you appreciate the work we are doing to fight the leftist assault on our values, please consider a small donation to help us continue. Thank you so much!