Jail records from Minnesota’s Hennepin County, where protests have turned into riots following the death of a black man in police custody, show that many of those arrested amid the chaos have Minnesota addresses — contradicting the narrative of local and state officials that most of the rioters are from out of state, the Washington Examiner reported Saturday.
Citing a report from Fox 9 in Minneapolis, the Examiner said the Hennepin County Jail log showed “45 people were arrested on Friday and Saturday” due to the riots, 38 of whom were Minnesota residents.
According to the Examiner, the records contradict statements from officials that large numbers of people from out-of-state are involved in the rioting.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) has said that “white supremacists, members of organized crime, out of state instigators, and possibly even foreign actors” were working to “destroy and destabilize our city and our region,” a claim that has been repeated by the likes of Minneapolis-area Rep. Ilhan Omar (D), state Gov. Tim Walz (D), and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D).
“Facedown on the pavement”
The protests began as a way to show anger and sorrow over the death of George Floyd, a black man who police arrested Monday when a store owner accused him of trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill, as The New York Times reported. According to NBC News, prosecutors said “Floyd initially cooperated [with officers] but then ‘actively resisted being handcuffed.'”
“Once ‘handcuffed, Mr. Floyd became compliant,'” the prosecutors told NBC, but he “did not want to get into a squad car,” citing claustrophobia.
Floyd soon after “ended up facedown on the pavement,” according to NBC, at which point video shows now-former police officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, putting Floyd on the ground and using his knee to apply pressure to Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, according to the Times.
During that time, Floyd said he couldn’t breathe and asked for help, then became unresponsive, NBC noted. He was later taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The feds step in
The incident sparked widespread anger toward police that later led to protests and riots. On Friday, Officer Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, according to the Examiner, but the chaos has continued in various cities around the U.S., including Philadelphia, Nashville, and Louisville, Kentucky.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr, for his part, said Saturday that “anarchic” and “far-left extremist groups” had become involved in the rioting, even as he called anger over Floyd’s death “real and legitimate,” as USA Today reported.
“It is a federal crime to cross state lines or to use interstate facilities to incite or participate in violent rioting, and we will enforce those laws,” Barr added, according to USA Today.
The Justice Department is investigating Floyd’s death and whether the officers involved violated any civil rights laws by their actions. Three officers stood by while Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck and did nothing to stop it, even when Floyd became unresponsive.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has said that the federal government will step in and use the military to make “many” arrests if “liberal governors and mayors” can’t get the ongoing riots under control, as The Hill reports.