Gov. Tim Walz says that Minnesota must "restore order" before it can address the institutional issues that led to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The governor has asked protesters angered by Floyd's death to let authorities put protections in place to prevent further property damage, while acknowledging that the very institutions required to restore order have lost the trust of Twin Cities communities.
"I will not in any way not acknowledge that there's going to be that pain, but my responsibility to Minnesota is the safety and security of all citizens. We cannot have the looting and recklessness that went on," he said.
It follows a third night of unrest in Minneapolis, with peaceful protests in downtown Minneapolis turning fractious, with videos showing police spraying mace at protesters with no provocation.
Then rioters once again took over as the evening developed, overrunning and burning the 3rd Police Precinct and going on a trail of destruction across Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Walz says that until order is restored, there is no way that the problems that contributed to the death of Floyd and members of the black community everywhere at the hands of police and other institutions can be addressed.
He expressed frustration that the property damage is taking the focus away from the very genuine call for justice for Floyd.
"I won't patronize you as a white man ... I'm asking you to help us. Help us use a humane way to get the streets to a place where we can restore the justice so that those that are expressing rage and anger and demanding justice are heard. Not those who throw firebombs into business that our communities of color have worked so hard to build back up."
"None of us can tackle these problems if anarchy runs the streets."
Walz also said the lack of police and fire presence on Twin Cities streets on Thursday night was an "abject failure that cannot happen."