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NEW YORK (77 WABC) — Minnesota Governor Tim Walz is calling for “swift” justice in the wake of George Floyd’s death this week.
There have been several nights of looting and fires. Protesters surrounded a Minneapolis police precinct that was set ablaze and showed a symbol of the ugliness. It took hours before police would take control of the streets.
“We have to restore order to our society before we can start addressing the issues,” Walz said.
State police arrested a CNN reporter and his crew while on the live this morning.
The governor took “full responsibility” for the arrests.
“There is absolutely no reason something like this should happen,” Walz said.
“The idea that a reporter would have been taken while another police action was in play is inexcusable,” Walz said.
He said it’s important that journalists have a safe spot to describe the story unfolding. Walz said protecting safety of journalists is “a key component of how we fix this.”
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said, “I believe that the message has been sent and received that the wheels of justice must turn swiftly.”
MN Gov. Tim Walz says the arrest of a CNN reporter and his crew while giving a live television report Friday morning was “inexcusable” and “should not have happened" https://t.co/B70tOtIxM8 pic.twitter.com/2BgKliZZSL
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 29, 2020
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on the death of George Floyd: Thank God, someone had a camera there. There isn't a person who is wondering what would have happened if there wasn't a camera there. These are things that have been brewing for 400 years. But, we must restore order.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) May 29, 2020