Minneapolis police precinct on fire as protests rage on

Gov. Tim Walz activated the state's National Guard and lawmakers pleaded for peace as protests and looting continued in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.

5/29/2020 6:55:00 AM

BREAKING: Protesters set a police precinct in Minneapolis on fire Thursday night in the third day of unrest after the death of George Floyd. Precinct was where 4 officers who were fired after Floyd's death were based.

Gov. Tim Walz activated the state's National Guard and lawmakers pleaded for peace as protests and looting continued in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.

“We must restore the peace so we can do this hard work together," Frey said.Jenkins said protesters should be angry about Floyd's death in police custody, but they have no right to"perpetrate violence and harm on the very communities that you say you are standing up for."

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"We need peace and calm in our streets, and I am begging you for that calm," she added.National Fraternal Order of Police President Patrick Yoessaid Thursday that authorities must ensure justice is served in Floyd's death,"whatever the consequences."

"The fact that he was a suspect in custody is immaterial — police officers should at all times render aid to those who need it," Yoes said."Police officers need to treat all of our citizens with respect and understanding and should be held to the very highest standards for their conduct."

Local and federal authorities spoke at a joint press conference on Thursday, which was delayed for two hours after reports of charges possibly being announced, but no such announcement came.Representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice, FBI, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, along with Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman, offered no significant updates other that to promise a swift and thorough investigation of the officers involved in the Floyd case.

U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota Erica MacDonald said it was imperative the community understood how seriously the department was taking the investigation for Floyd's death.“It breaks my heart to see what is happening in our streets in Minneapolis and St. Paul and in some of our suburbs,” MacDonald said. “And I am pleading, I am pleading with individuals to stay calm and to let us conduct this investigation.”

This is a developing story, refresh here for updates.Gabe Gutierrez reported from Minneapolis and St. Paul, David K. Li from New York and Dennis Romero reported from San Diego.Gabe GutierrezGabe Gutierrez is an NBC News Correspondent based in New York. He reports for all platforms of NBC News, including"TODAY," “NBC Nightly News," MSNBC and NBCNews.com.

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BreakingNews just goes to show black lives dont matter but buildings do The Police Dept have not got a clue, their tactics are uncoordinated and using totally random methods of engagement. Poor training and poor guidance. MayorFrey MinneapolisPD NO CLUE. morgfair He fanned the flames of protest with his initial statement, not a good message to bring calm. Now that his city is burning I’m sure he’s regretting that.

selfdeclaredref This guy is completely delusional BreakingNews Why do you continue to call these riots protests Soft. You can tell he is way over his head here. He has no plan. He has no specifics. He is just hoping the riots burn itself out. MAGA'S MURDER NBCNightlyNews I wonder how that cop feels to know all of this is because of him and his lack of humanity!

Obamas America message year after year was on how we are supposed to act. Then it was be like and then its up to you not up to the government as of last week!He is getting the point across to these people! Media thinking this is still Obama's America are having a rude awakening🤣 JoeBiden JoeNBC Thom_Hartmann Looting comes in two forms in this country. The poor looting in the streets angry at the system. The system looting our treasury and giving to the rich.

Better tell the white “agent provocateur” that was the first one to start breaking out the auto zone windows. BreakingNews You can take a different route, arrest that cop on charges of murder. Mayor Jacob Frey called-out by Trump. pathetic. What if they stormed the press conference live .. BreakingNews This dude failed the city. They all failed.

Total lack of leadership by another Dem ran state. RIOT not protest What a fuckin toolbox. Empathetic but seemingly ineffective. “A riot is the language of the unheard' Dr. Martin Luther King. Arrest that stupid cop and all this will go away. That time a Trump supporting neo-Nazi police officer got caught inciting riots in Minneapolis:

You mean the RIOTS going on now, right? ICantBreathe Racism is tearing American society apart. The American government believes that it is possible to kill any black man on the grounds that the black man has slave blood and will not resist. The human rights of the black community have been seriously violated

TODAYshow Please correct your headline. It was reported Thursday morning on *your* broadcast that he died at the scene. Rage Against The Machine. ICantBreathe He didn't die 'later at a hospital'. He died right there on that street with a knee on his neck and his face pressed into the pavement. ARREST THOSE COPS!

You murder someone and lose a job.. get caught for weed you like serving 8 yrs I get the injustice here, but why are people so dumb they riot & start fires & destroy property?What exactly does that accomplish? So pathetic! Breaking the law like that is no better then the cop who killed Floyd Big Ten should kick Minnesota out. Disgusting behavior.

Ah, Democrats... Where’s the military? They need to start eradicating the threats. This is how all the Blue Cities will eventually end. Anyone that can should leave. They shouldnt investigate the police officers if this crap continues n then maybe the thugs would stop..wait nevermind that is what the thugs do they riot when they don't get their way

The utopian world of Socialists and the Democrats. SocialismFails Two wrongs don't make a right. This is not the right way to get justice. When black people say they’re tired of being killed by the police, believe them! At what point will the mayor and city council say, Enough is Enough? How much of the city will they allow to be burned? How many private businesses destroyed?

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says husband's boat dock request was a bad joke: 'I wasn't laughing either'Whitmer said her husband regrets what he said and she called on Michiganders to show kindness and empathy as the state deals with COVID-19. Honestly she is doing too much The hypocrisy of those in power. She and her husband should both be ashamed of their behavior. No it wasn't lady. The wise guy was posturing to get in front of the rest of them...You lose on this one...where's your Poker Face when you need it. Just say what he did...and don't play it.

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