‘We Still Have A Lot Of Work To Go’: Minneapolis Mayor Speaks With WCCO During Overnight Unrest

‘We Still Have A Lot Of Work To Go’: Minneapolis Mayor Speaks With WCCO During Overnight Unrest

‘We Nonetheless Have A Lot Of Work To Go’: Minneapolis Mayor Speaks With WCCO Throughout In a single day Unrest

THEY'RE JUST MAKING PEOPLE
U-TURN.
IF WE SEE ANYTHING MORE, WE'LL
GET BACK TO YOU SOON.
AND RIGHT NOW ON THE PHONE
WE HAVE THE MINNEAPOLIS MAYOR
JOINING US.
THANK YOU SO MUCH, MAYOR, FOR
JOINING US.
THANK YOU FOR REPORTING
TONIGHT.
QUITE A DIFFERENCE FROM THE
LAST Four NIGHTS.
THAT'S RIGHT.
WE'VE GOT AN ORGANIZED AND
MEASURED APPROACH THAT WE'RE
USING STARTING AROUND 8:45 WHEN
THERE WAS A SIGNIFICANT
DISPERSEMENT FROM THE fifth
PRECINCT AND OBVIOUSLY ARRESTS
MADE SINCE THEN.
25 OUT OF THE fifth PRECINCT
AND PROBABLY MORE SINCE.
SO FAR MANY OF THE GROUPS HAVE
SCATTERED AND WE'RE WORKING
TOWARDS THE RESTORATION OF
ORDER, BUT LET'S BE REAL.
WE STILL HAVE A WAYS TO GO.
THE NIGHT IS YOUNG.
IF YOU'RE JUST JOINING US
BACK ON TELEVISION, WE JUST GOT
ON THE PHONE ABOUT 30 SECONDS
AGO WITH THE MAYOR WHO TALKED
ABOUT AN ORGANIZED AND MEASURED
APPROACH.
25 ARRESTS TONIGHT.
TALK TO US ABOUT THE FUTURE.
SHORT TERM, THIS EVENING, AND
LOOKING INTO TOMORROW WHETHER
WE'RE FACING ANOTHER CURFEW.
I GUESS WE'LL START NOW.
IT'S MIDNIGHT.
ALTHOUGH IT'S MIDNIGHT, THE
NIGHT IS YOUNG.
THIS IS REALLY FOCUSED ON
PRESERVATION OF LIFE, PROPERTY,
AND RESTAURANT OF ORDER.
AND AS I MENTIONED PREVIOUSLY,
THE NIGHT BEGAN WITH A PRETTY
STRONG SHOWING AT THE fifth
PRECINCT WITH THE DISPERSING OF
THE GATHERING THERE.
YOU MENTIONED 25 OR SO ARRESTS
MADE.
I'M SURE THERE'S BEEN MORE.
I'M GLAD MORE PEOPLE DECIDED TO
STAY HOME TODAY.
IT MADE IT EASIER THAT THEY
WERE ABIDING BY THE CURFEW.
WE HAVE MORE WORK TO DO HERE
THOUGH.
MAYOR, COMPARED TO OTHER
NETS, ESPECIALLY LAST NIGHT
WITH ALL THE FIRES, IS THERE
ANYTHING GOING ON IN THE CITY?
WE HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING YET.
WE'VE SEEN A COUPLE OF FIRES IN
THE DUMPSTERS, BUT ARE YOU
HEARING ANYTHING FROM
MINNEAPOLIS FIRE?
NO, WE'VE HAD NO SIGNIFICANT
FIRES SO FAR.
THERE WAS A CAR FIRE ON 35 THAT
WAS PUT OUT BY AN OVERHEAD.
SORRY, GETTING ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION IN THE OTHER EAR.
DON'T WORRY ABOUT THAT.
WE DO THAT ALL THE TIME.
WE JUST WONDERED ABOUT THE FIRE
AND YOU SAID ONE.
YES, THE FIRES HAVE BEEN
VERY SMALL AND LIMITED AND HAVE
NOT BEEN ON ANY SIGNIFICANT
STRUCTURES.
OBVIOUSLY THAT'S A SUBSTANTIAL
DIFFERENCE FROM LAST NIGHT.
THE ADDITIONAL PRESENCE HELPS.
THE ADDITIONAL NUMBERS IN TERMS
OF THE NATIONAL GUARD.
WE HAVE OVER A THOUSAND BETWEEN
POLICE OFFICERS AND STATE
PATROL AND THEN 4100 NATIONAL
GUARD STATEWIDE.
OBVIOUSLY A SIGNIFICANT PORTION
IN MINNEAPOLIS.
THE COORDINATED RESPONSE HAS
BEEN, YOU KNOW, WELL ORGANIZED
THUS FAR AND I'VE BEEN IN
CONSTANT CONTACT WITH THE
GOVERNOR AND MAYOR CARTER.
AND IS THAT ONE OF THE
THINGS, IF YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE
AN ENORMOUS PROTEST, YOU HAVE
TO HAVE THE NUMBERS TO DO IT?
I'VE LISTENED CAREFULLY TO YOUR
COMMENTS THE LAST COUPLE OF
DAYS AND I UNDERSTAND THERE WAS
A PLAN.
THE PLAN WASN'T WORKABLE.
WE WERE OUTNUMBERED.
IT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS ALMOST A
MATH THING VERSUS WE HAD A
STRATEGY AND IDEAS, WE COULDN'T
IMPLEMENT THEM BECAUSE WE WERE
OUTNUMBERED.
IS THAT ONE OF THE LESSONS
LEARNED THAT YOU HAVE TO HAVE
AN OVERWHELMING FORCE TO STOP
IT?
I THINK UNDOUBTEDLY THERE
WILL BE MANY LESSONS LEARNED
ASSOCIATED WITH THIS, AND I
THINK THERE'S ALWAYS ROOM FOR
IMPROVEMENT ON BOTH PLANS AND
STRATEGY.
BUT EVEN WITH THE PERFECT PLAN
AND STRATEGY, IF YOU DON'T HAVE
THE NUMBERS TO CONFRONT THE
CROWDS, THE OFFICERS CAN'T DO
IT.
WE WERE TRYING TO DEFEND
PRECINCTS AND BUSINESSES, AND
WHEN YOU HAVE BANDS OF 100 OR
SO THAT RUN INTO THE STORE TO
LOOT, YOU ARREST 1 AND 99 MORE
COME IN.
YOU DEFINITELY NEED THE
MANPOWER TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL
RESULT.
AND LET ME BE CLEAR, THERE'S NO
SUCCESS IN THIS.
THIS WHOLE THING IS ABSOLUTELY
THIS WHOLE SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
BEGINNING WITH A TRAGEDY IN THE
DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD WAS
APPALLING.
THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE
CHANTING AND DANCING AND IT
JUST MADE ME REALIZE HOW MUCH I
MISS OUR CITY.
WE SAW SOME REALLY COOL
POSITIVE THINGS TODAY WHICH WAS
NICE.
MAYOR, DO YOU THINK YOU'LL
BE IMPLEMENTING ANOTHER CURFEW
OR MORE DAYS OF CURFEWS OR WILL
YOU ASSESS THAT TOMORROW?
I'M NOT GOING TO MAKE ANY
DECISIONS BEFORE WE'RE ABLE TO
BETTER EVALUATE WHAT'S HAPPENED
TONIGHT.
IT'S AROUND MIDNIGHT RIGHT NOW,
AND YOU KNOW, THERE ARE STILL
MORE HOURS TO GO.
WE'LL LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED
TODAY AND RE-EVALUATE IN THE
MORNING.
IF I CAN GET MAYBE ONE HOUR OF
SLEEP AT SOME POINT THAT WOULD
BE EXTRAORDINARY.
I'VE HAD ABOUT 5 IN THE LAST 4
DAYS.
MAKE SOME GOOD DECISIONS WHEN
I'M A LITTLE FRESHER.
YES, IT'S TOUGH WITH THE FOG
OF TIRED AND ALL THE STUFF
YOU'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR.
WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR TIME
RIGHT NOW.
WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON THE, HOW
MANY OUTSIDE INFLUENCERS,
AGITATORS.
WERE THESE A BUNCH OF PEOPLE
COMING FROM THE OUTSIDE AND
STIRRING THE POT?
YEAH, I DON'T WANT TO
SPECULATE AS TO THE EXACT
NUMBERS ON THAT BECAUSE THE
TRUTH IS THAT I DON'T KNOW.
NOT TO MENTION TO THE EXTENT
THERE WERE OUTSIDE AGITATORS,
IT'S LIKELY THEY WERE MORE
EXPERIENCED AND MAYBE THEY
WOULDN'T HAVE GOTTEN CAUGHT, SO
WE'D HAVE NO WAY OF KNOWING.
SO IT'S DIFFICULT TO KNOW.
IT'S CLEAR THAT THERE WERE
OUTSIDE GROUPS HERE TO SOME
EXTENT, BUT HOW MUCH I'LL HOLD
OFF BEFORE I SAY.
ARE YOU GOING TO TRY AND
FIND OUT, IS IT IMPORTANT TO
KNOW?
DOES IT HAVE MEANING IF YOU
KNOW THAT THE PEOPLE WHO WERE
REALLY THE BAD ACTORS ARE HOME
GROWN OR IF THEY'RE OUTSIDE
FOLKS?
THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE
RIGHT NOW IS RESTORATION OF
LIFE OF AND ORDER.
I'M SURE THERE WILL BE PLENTY
OF TIME TO EVALUATE DECISIONS
IN THE DAYS AND WEEKS AHEAD.
I DON'T WISH IT ON ANYBODY TO
HAVE TO MAKE THE DECISIONS WE
HAVE TO MAKE, BUT I'VE MADE THE
DECISIONS BASED ON THE
PRESERVATION OF LIFE AND I'LL
CERTAINTY HAVE PLENTY OF ROOM
FOR EVALUATION AS WE GO ON.
REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND
REPORTING TONIGHT.
WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME TOO,
MAYOR.
GET MORE THAN AN HOUR OF
SLEEP.
YOU'LL BE BETTER OFF FOR
YOURSELF AND THE CITY.
THANK YOU.

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