Civil Rights

Walz activates full National Guard against riots in the Twin Cities

BY: - May 30, 2020

Minnesota officials said Saturday that Minneapolis is under an attack by cells of criminals from outside Minnesota who are attempting to destroy the city and its civic pillars. Calling the mayhem “an organized attempt to destabilize civil society,” Gov. Tim Walz said he is mobilizing the full Minnesota National Guard for the first time since […]

In rebuke of city leadership, Gov. Tim Walz says state has taken over

BY: - May 29, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz said Friday he has taken over responsibility for the restoration of order in the Twin Cities in an extraordinary rebuke of city leadership.  “The state is the lead element right now,” said Walz, who apologized for not communicating with the public Thursday night as fires torched buildings across the Twin Cities. “There […]

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin charged with third-degree murder

BY: and - May 29, 2020

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in connection with the death of George Floyd, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday. Chauvin was captured on video Monday evening kneeling on Floyd’s neck just before his death. Floyd’s death sparked international outrage and set off protests across the […]

Residents express empathy, grief after second night of riots in Twin Cities

BY: and - May 29, 2020

South Minneapolis residents expressed empathy, grief and anger Friday morning as smoke drifted through the air, sirens wailed and the state patrol surrounded the remnants of Third Precinct headquarters following the second night of riots in the Twin Cities. Alisha Bruce and her siblings came out to survey the wreckage. Standing outside a husk of […]

Protests and violent looting take hold in Minneapolis, St. Paul over George Floyd

BY: , and - May 28, 2020

The chaos and rage blew east Thursday, as looting and fire swept through the Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul, this time under a brilliant blue sky.  Even as fires on East Lake Street in Minneapolis smoldered and disaster tourists gawked at the rubble of stores, apartments and cars there, the looting and fires began in […]

Gov. Tim Walz activates National Guard to restore order

BY: - May 28, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz activated the National Guard Thursday in hopes of restoring order in the Twin Cities, where fires burned in Minneapolis Wednesday night after widespread looting. Vandals sporadically broke windows and looted stores in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul Thursday. The incidents followed protests of the death of Floyd George, an unarmed Black […]

Sporadic vandalism breaks out in St. Paul near Allianz Field

BY: - May 28, 2020

This story has been updated.  Sporadic vandalism has broken out in the Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul, with some windows broken at a CVS and a pawn shop. University Ave., which is the main commercial thoroughfare of the neighborhood and home to the Green Line Light Rail Train, is home to dozens of small businessnes, […]

The morning after: Scenes of destruction

BY: - May 28, 2020

Reformer reporter Max Nesterak is walking the streets of South Minneapolis surveying the destruction. Morning after the protests and riots in Minneapolis of the police killing George Floyd. It’s eerie — Max Nesterak (@maxnesterak) May 28, 2020  

Mayhem in Minneapolis: protests, looting, fires

BY: and - May 27, 2020

Peaceful demonstrations against the police for the killing of an unarmed Black man turned to looting and fires Wednesday, as Target, Aldi, Autozone and Cub Foods on Lake Street were all ransacked in a scene of mayhem. For the second day, demonstrators came out to protest the death of George Floyd, who died in police […]

University of Minnesota limits ties with Minneapolis Police Department

BY: - May 27, 2020

University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel announced on Wednesday the university would drastically reduce its relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department following the killing of George Floyd by a police officer on Monday. “We have a responsibility to uphold our values and a duty to honor them,” Gabel wrote in an email to students and […]

Minnesota Gov. Walz pledges justice for George Floyd as protests move into second day

BY: , and - May 27, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz condemned the death of George Floyd — a day after protests erupted at Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct Tuesday night — saying he too shared the frustration with Black Minnesotans who are once again seeking justice for one of their own. “Watching any of the video of what happened to George Floyd […]

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey

Minneapolis Mayor calls for charges against officer who killed George Floyd

BY: - May 27, 2020

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey called on Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to arrest the officer who kneeled on George Floyd’s neck, killing him and setting off protests across Minneapolis. “I’ve wrestled over the last 36 hours with one fundamental question: Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?” Frey asked during a […]