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Minnesota Senate GOP report blames Gov. Tim Walz, Mayor Jacob Frey for slow riot response


October 14, 2020

Mark Vancleave – Star Tribune

An AutoZone store burned as protesters gathered outside the Third Precinct in Minneapolis on May 28, 2020.

A report by Minnesota Senate Republicans three weeks before the election argues that DFL Gov. Tim Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey failed to do enough to quell the days of looting and arson that followed the police killing of George Floyd.

The 61-page report, compiled after a series of summer hearings on the topic, blames what Republicans have long argued was an apparent lack of understanding of the quickly escalating situation and a hesitation to deploy additional law enforcement to end the violence and destruction in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The report follows months of criticism by President Donald Trump and state Republicans, who have turned the civil unrest that followed Floyd's death into a campaign theme emphasizing law and order and support for police.


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