The Minneapolis police chief acknowledged Thursday that his department contributed to a so-called “deficit of hope” that plagued his city well before the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while in police custody on Memorial Day.
Chief Medaria Arradondo said during a news conference that the Minnesota city has experienced a lot of trauma in the wake of Floyd’s death and that he could not allow others to compound that trauma with looting, robbing and torching buildings in the name of the First Amendment.
“I know that there is currently a deficit of hope in this city and I know as I wear this uniform before you, this department has contributed to that deficit of hope, but I will not allow to continue to increase that deficit by re-traumatizing those folks in our community.”
He continued: “I am committed to restoring peace and security in our community.”
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Arradondo’s remarks came hours after the Justice Department said it was making the federal investigation into Floyd’s death a “top priority.” It also promised a “robust” probe by the FBI.
Floyd, 46, was pronounced dead Monday night after he was pinned to the ground by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
The circumstances surrounding Floyd’s death have weighed on the city.
Chauvin, along with three other police officers involved in the incident, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng, were fired from the force Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey demanded the arrest of Chauvin, the police officer seen on camera kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he struggled to breathe.
Frey also called for Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to “act on the evidence before him” and charge the “arresting officer” shown with his knee on Floyd.
“I’ve wrestled with, more than anything else over the last 36 hours, one fundamental question: Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?” Frey asked during a news conference. “If you had done it, or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now.”
Minneapolis woke up Thursday morning to fires still burning and smoke hanging in the air after a second night of violent protests turned deadly overnight.
A man was found dead Wednesday night on a sidewalk. Police, who responded to the area of Bloomington and Lake Street at 9:25 p.m., said the initial call was a reported stabbing, but the wound turned out to be from a gunshot.
The man, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
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The Star Tribune reported local law enforcement officials were still working early Thursday after at least five people were struck by gunfire throughout the night.
In the case of the fatality, the newspaper reported it is believed the man was killed when the owner of a pawn shop opened fire on a man he believed was burglarizing his business.
A 59-year-old man is in custody in connection to Wednesday night’s fatal shooting, but the details of the case were “still being sorted out,” police spokesman John Elder told reporters.
He said the death is being investigated as a homicide.
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Demonstrations broke out in the early afternoon Wednesday near the city’s 3rd Precinct station, in the southern part of Minneapolis, where Floyd died on Memorial Day after Chauvin knelt on his neck until he became unresponsive.
City Council VP Andrea Jenkins, in the same news conference as Arradondo on Thursday, condemned the violence in the city overnight.
“You have every absolute right to be angry,” she said. “However, you have no right to perpetrate violence and harm on the very communities that you say that you are standing up for.”
She added: “We need peace and calm in our streets and I’m begging you for that calm.”
Footage from the ground showed protesters milling in streets, some running in and out of nearby stores. A Target, a Cub Foods, a Dollar Tree, and an auto parts store all showed signs of damage and looting. As darkness fell, a fire erupted in the auto parts store before protesters set other fires in the street.
On Thursday morning, blocks of buildings with broken-out windows and other damage were seen.
Frey tweeted for calm early Thursday. “Please, Minneapolis, we cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy,” he said on Twitter. He also asked for the public’s help in keeping the peace.
Arradondo said the protests on Wednesday night had a “different tenor” than previous demonstrations.
It was the second night of violent protests since the death of Floyd, whom police were seeking to arrest outside a Minneapolis grocery store on a report of a counterfeit bill being passed. A bystander’s cellphone video showed an officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes as he eventually becomes unresponsive.
Protesters damage properties at the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct in Minneapolis on May 27. The mayor of Minneapolis called Wednesday for criminal charges against the white police officer seen on video kneeling against the neck of a handcuffed black man who complained that he could not breathe and died in police custody. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via AP)
Frey also asked the governor to deploy the Minnesota National Guard to help with the response to the protests. A spokesperson with the governor’s office told FOX 9 the state has so far deployed 50 to 60 state troopers to assist Minneapolis police.
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Arradondo, who urged calm, told FOX 9 there is an internal investigation as well an FBI investigation of Floyd’s death underway.
“Justice historically has never come to fruition through some of the acts we’re seeing tonight, whether it’s the looting, the damage to property or other things,” he said.
11 Thoughts to “George Floyd case: Minneapolis police chief says city’s ‘deficit of hope’ cannot be compounded with more trauma, violence”
Yes it is necessary for more violence. This is not an isolated incident, and all the cops there were guilty as well. The police shot and killed Justine Ruszczyk not more than 2 years ago. So there is a HUGE pattern of police being abusive, violent, and trained to be a danger to society.
Likely Minneapolis would be better off without any police than to have the police they have. If the cop who committed the murder was at least arrested, then that would signal some sense of law and order. But since there has not even been an arrest, clearly the entire governmental structure is totally complicit, compromised, and a danger to society.
Thou Shalt not kill. Plain enough. God forbids murder. But how does God feel about stealing, coveting what others have, destroying what belongs to others? To know the heart of God towards all mankind is to understand the basics of LOVE for God and for your neighbor. When others fail to obey God’s commands, that does not in any way unleash the ‘hounds of hell’ to do violence with impunity. Yes. Jesus said that those who do evil are doing as their father, the devil, does! So the question remains” “Who’s your daddy?” Truly I say that the man who takes another man’s life forfeits his own. That police officer who, for whatever reason, took Mr. Floyd’s life therefore has forfeited his own life. He will NEVER be the same whether he lives or dies…God is his judge – NOT US. If we trust in God, as our currency declares, we relinquish our judgment to His all-knowing jurisdiction. Then and only then will true justice be applied. Those who can vote are equipped by our nation with the capability and responsibility to vote into office people who will lead us in a godly manner. When they fail, we the people can recall them and vote someone else into their office. VIOLENCE IS ALWAYS A SIN. Jesus said, “Be angry, but do not sin.”
You don’t need no investigation… you’re looking at the video just like everybody else.. They deserve exactly what they gave Mr. Floyd; no mercy and death by lethal injection…. There is no reason y these men should have been fired and sent on their way to live when the Floyd family are missing a brother, uncle, cousin, father and maybe even a husband!!! Murderers, killers is what they are and should be punished as such!!!!
That statement sounded like an Ejaculate of Communist Verbage.
The gutless police chief just sat on his ass as criminals burned down a police station.
And this halfwit makes excuses for those that did it.
What some cops did was an outrage, but some of the “Black” community jump on the continuing spinless response of those in power to run wild, burning, looting, and sometimes, murder, based on a claim as a search for justice. PURE BULLSHIT. What does stealing or burning down others property, (often black people’s) have to do with justice.
While liberals have created this sense of justice that is totally false. Shoot the bastards sif that is what is needed to enforce the law. The police chief is a goddamn jellyfish.
I’m glad the the officer was arrested for his abusive acts and he NEEDS to be in prison but the rioting has nothing to do with the act. It has only to do with being an excuse to steal, damage property acting like the thugs they are. If you want to end them use the policies of mayor Daley of Chicago in the 60s. It only took him a day.
Barack breaks his silence on George….! Barack … say’s…..! ” Uh….Uhh… Ahhh…. ! Hmmmm…. Now….! If I had a another son he would look just like the Schlong Hanging Horilla … Michelle….! “
I see this type of stuff happen every day in massachusetts. Black people killing black people and nothing is being done about it. But once a white guy killing a black man ricans starts making a big fricken deal out of it. Ricans are so stupid I tell you.
If a person is killed by a member of a gang, all members of that gang that were present are charged with the same crime. In this case, the Gang were the Minneapolis Police Department officers who held him down participated in George Floyd’s death. Anyone of them could have stopped it and said to get off or if they didn’t work shoved another officer off him. The did not so all 4 should be charged with involuntarily murder. All 4 should be arrested and shunned by all other police. This is constitutes a threat on the State, City, Community, and Police Departments.
I was sympathetic to the peaceful protestors who cut school when judicial procedure was explained but when Antifa and black lives matter turned it into a riot, no more. If I was the governor I would allow force and if that didn’t work the judicious use of lethal force to eliminate ring leaders.
It’s obvious that these people are SICK AND TIRED of being treated like George Floyd was — what’d y’all THINK was gonna happen?
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