Minnesota Leaders Call for Calm After Chauvin Verdict

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Minnesota Leaders Call for Calm After Chauvin Verdict

Gov. Tim Waltz and Minneapolis leaders expressed empathy with protesters but emphasized the need for the public to remain peaceful once there is a verdict in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial.

“We must acknowledge two truths: We cannot allow civil unrest to descend into chaos. We must protect life and property. But we also must understand very clearly, if we don’t listen, those communities in pain and those people on the streets, many of whom were arrested for speaking a fundamental truth that we must change or we will be right back here again. But I cannot allow those businesses to burn. I cannot have people’s livelihood or their safety put at play, but I will recognize what they’re saying. You will continue to have to do that if you don’t listen to what’s being said and the changes that need to be made.” “We cannot have people that seek to use peaceful protesters as cover to cause destruction in our city. That will not be tolerated.” “Whatever the jury decides, we know that in this age of insurrection and extremism, that we must be ready for the possibility of those who would exploit this moment and drown out the powerful voices of constructive protest across our nation with violence and destruction.”

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