LA, Denver and more Cities Shut Down
After the news that George Floyd died under suspicious circumstances in police custody, tensions ran high. Tensions which would eventually result in mass protests that have now become riots. Reports of looting and mass panic were shortly following.
As the police attempted to take control of the situation, things went from bad to worse. Over 16 buildings have been set ablaze, overwhelming the local fire departments. More than 3 grocery stores were looted among the chaos.
Now, as of today, after protests did nothing but increase, the National Guard has been called in to keep the peace and assist. Local police departments have vacated most of the city after the arson began. Violence continued to escalate with nobody available to stop it, so mayor Jacob Frey called in the Guard.
National Guard Adjutant General outlined how the Guard will be working with the local authorities. They will be providing personnel, equipment and vehicles for the local and state wide authorities.
Governor of the state Tim Walz gave a stark reminder to everyone watching.
“George Floyd’s death should lead to justice and systemic change, not more death and destruction. As George Floyd’s family has said, ‘Floyd would not want people to get hurt. He lived his life protecting people.’ Let’s come together to rebuild, remember, and seek justice for George Floyd.”
Combining forces is the State Patrol, who will be supplying over 200 officers to help maintain control. These 200 men and women will be joined by aircraft, numerous cars and more equipment if necessary.
More and More Places Falling to Violence
Minneapolis is not the only place experiencing tensions and fallouts among George Floyd’s death. Recently, Denver and Fort Collins here in Colorado had protests dispersed after police fired shots. No one was hurt and no suspect has been named.
But it shows a worrisome trend of violence and reactions. Undoubtedly the family of George Floyd deserves justice after the fault of the officers led to his death. While the four officers were fired and the perpetrator was set to be prosecuted, delays led to violence.
Many people can see the similarities here to the LA Riots back in 1992 over the death of African American Rodney King. Ironically enough, that was also due to four officers that directly contributed to King’s death, however they were acquitted.
Additionally, LA is now also seeing protests for Floyd. Crowds are blocking highways and protesting outside of police stations demanding justice for George. A feeling that this city is all too familiar with, sadly.
We hope that peace will be restored sooner rather than later. Similarly, Floyd does deserve justice and prosecution must take place. All we can do is wait and see what happens as protests and riots continue to spread.
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