Minneapolis Burns

African American leaders in Wayzata respond to George Floyd death
Smoke billows from Lake Street in Minneapolis in the dawn on May 30th, 2020 with Bde Maka Ska in the foreground. Photo submitted by Decker Velie.

The Minnesota National Guard was fully mobilized under Gov. Walz orders on Saturday morning in attempt to bring a group of “tightly controlled” outside agitators under control as Minneapolis reeled from another night of riots, chaos, and arson.

The civil unrest has been in response to the death of unarmed African American male George Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department.

Violence has spread to Atlanta, New York and Portland, Oregon. Large protests have occurred in San Jose, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, and dozens of other large cities according to multiple sources.

Mayor Ken Willcox declared a curfew within the City of Wayzata on Saturday, May 30, 2020 from 8 pm to 6 am on Sunday, May 31, 2020; and from 8 pm on Sunday, May 31, 2020 to 6 am Monday, June 1, 2020.

City Manager Jeff Dahl commented on the situation via email, “We are experiencing a mixture of anger and sadness over the tragic murder of George Floyd. At this point, the City’s primary goal is to maintain peace and order in our grieving community.”

Community Leader Marcus Carpenter had this to be say in a Wayzata.com video interview, “We can’t have what we all saw happen to George Floyd, we cannot have that again. We have to get better.” Carpenter continued, “What do we need to do to ensure we don’t see this again? There’s an opportunity for us to come together.”

Community Leader Lambert Brown also joined the interview and had this reaction, “It’s been a range of emotion, I can’t even say shocked, I was saddened, heartbroken for the family.”

Brown continued, “At the same time, we are trying to be there for our friends and the community.”
Watch the full video interview with Marcus Carpenter and Lambert Brown on Wayzata.com as part of our Community Conversations continuing program.  Premieres at 6am Monday June 1, 2020.

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