tv Minnesota Gov. Walz Holds News Conference CSPAN June 1, 2020 12:35pm-1:31pm EDT
bad for everyone and it accomplishes nothing because we and we arethe moment not even making the political point that the protesters want to make, which is a good point. tale of two cities. my father said it in 1984. this is 2020. thank you very much, guys. >> [inaudible] do you have a reaction to that question mark gov. cuomo: i don't know exactly what he said, because i'm here, let me find out exactly what he said. i have made it clear in this that any resources city needs, we will provide and we have been. state police have done an extra ordinary job working with local police departments and we have 13,000 national guard who we can use at any moment. thank you, guys.
[captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2020] flex we go live now to the me -- minnesota state capitol, st. paul. -- internationally, a society that does not put equity and inclusion at the center of it is certainly going to eventually come to the places we are at. inflection,ment of a real change, a moment where the folks out there demanding this are not going to take a commission or a report. they are going to want fundamental change. that is one of the exciting things in the middle of all of this. you can feel a sense of optimism coming back. i want to say to you will hear from the updates, i don't want to paint the picture that it's over but i do want to paint a picture that we as minnesotans have re-grounded ourselves and it looks to me that there is a
clear delineation between the ands are rightfully pained angered wanting to see change and expressing it in lawful ways and what we witnessed several days earlier in the week, those bent on the wanton destruction of the communities most pained. as citizens, has residents of minnesota, we can continue to maintain that. us a space for a time of unprecedented opportunity to address things that have been around for decades, since the founding or prior to it. moving in that light, i want to talk a bit about the posture we are in in terms of law enforcement on the street. i signed an executive order in consultation with the mayors of minneapolis and st. paul, twonding the curfew for days, but the times will change, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. one of the reasons for this is that minnesotans have taken charge of this.
the only way these things work is what we have seen the last two nights, the vast majority of i buy it and those that don't are able to address it. some of you witnessed this on many of your stations and live tv, there were protesters that state out past the curfew in some cases i think is of the truck,near miss with the it disrupted some of their schedules. i think some of them are very intent on going home and doing that. clearly aarticulating peaceful right to demonstrate but they also understood that once they got out past that time that the interaction with the police that some of you witnessed, i think it was gratifying to see how citizens approached it and how our law enforcement approached it. the very humanized and orderly way that people were processed and treated in the interactions in order to understand each other, for me i think it was the way that people expect this to
happen. so, that curfew will go in place and we will think about the strategic levels of what we have . general jensen will be speaking about a transition of our national guard troops back to their homes and their jobs, that is what they are. they take time out of their jobs and many of them will be going back, some of them working as news reporters, camera operators, teachers. that will begin to happen and it will be done as general jensen talks about, in an orderly and organized way. the strategy that we need to , the multiagency command center will be stood in place as we manage communications. i think that some of you have now witnessed the complexity of something like this. it doesn't look like the movies. you have to get everybody on the same frequencies. when there is an operation moving in unison like you have seen the last few days with no
prior training together, it's a testament to the leadership of these agencies. they will continue to operate until the time comes when we transition out of that. it's worth noting that this week as we understand it right now there will be a significant event with the funeral memorial of george floyd. i believe it is scheduled for anrsday and it will be important event both for the city of minneapolis, for minnesota and the nation, to watch that process of celebrating a life that was taken in front of us. an opportunity for leadership. when i say leadership, what we are saying and seeing now is that where there is a void of leadership, you have leaders and communities that have always been there, putting their voices forward. that will be in conjunction with as we said yesterday the idea of protecting peaceful protesters. for more incident -- were more detail on this, the incident with the truck, i think it will
live with us forever. i was watching that in live time when it happened. i was breathless as i watched it because i thought i was going to witness dozens or hundreds killed in the immediate crash and my fear was the intentional thought of detonating that truck. the preliminary with the interviews of the driver was frustrated. he got ahead of that , closing in sections, and from his perspective he went around it, saw the crowd, went around the other cars. he did break is what you see. i think the amazing thing, first of all, is that no one was hurt, but the crowd then responded in many cases on sheer adrenaline, fear, and everything else that was happening, but the driver noted afterward that he was told he didn't kill anybody, he noted that the vast majority of the crowd were protecting him.
the protesters were protecting the driver who they had just seen a p her to run into the crowd because they realize how dangerous situation was. for those of you old enough to remember the horrific scene in los angeles during rodney king of the driver was in the vehicle severely injured, peaceful protesters in minneapolis and , after what we saw, appeared at the time he an attempt to kill them. i'm grateful to be able to tell that, because i still am in shock of what i thought we might have to be talking about. didll note that the event have some disruptive impact on the movement of folks last night, but it still worked out. i think again, an amazing thing of no deaths, no injuries, and last night a report of one fire that is still under investigation and cannot be
confirmed and was immediately extinguished. got an opportunity here to change the direction of where this has gone. we have opened up incredibly important conversations. yesterday we saw attorney general allison assume the lead in the case to start with. many more things need to be done at this point in time, but minnesota, this is our chance. i would say this, with the curfew, it's a june 1, we are still in the middle of a pandemic. i will give you an update at the end where we talk about the number of tests we are doing being up. massivelanning for mobile testing in the cities for folks. for those few peacefully protesting, again, if you are starting to get symptoms of covid-19, please isolate. we will have to do some contact tracing, which i have not wrap my mind around, what that would
look like at this size. june 1 restaurants are opening up outside. it's going to be 85 degrees this afternoon. we have got restaurants across the state that are ready to do that. this is a time for the community to gather outside, gather outside in the early evening and experience what minnesota has to offer and let's have some of that happen, get some of that going once again. with that i would like to turn it over to commissioner harrington, department of public safety. >> thank you, governor. john harrington, commissioner of public safety. we watched yesterday afternoon, as many of you did, two really startling events. theatched, about 3:00 in afternoon, between 5000 and 7000 people came to demonstrate at u.s. bank. we saw mom's with their kids. .e saw elders in the community
we saw young people coming together in what was a very large and very peaceful demonstration at u.s. bank. we also saw that group move onto the freeway. and then we saw what can only be described as the moment, i can't use that term in polite company, but when you saw the truck going into the crowd and you just winced because of what you imagined you were to see with bodies under the tires of the truck. and when you didn't see the bodies under the tires of the miracle. was frankly a the driver was doing 70 miles per hour as we understand it, in that range, and even with hitting the brakes, even with dry pavement, we got lucky. or there was something miraculous happening there.
once that happened for we continued our operational posture in terms of working through the curfew and our protest, prevention, the riot prevention model. the rapid-response team moved and you could literally see it in real time. bikes and cars and trucks moving into the protest area around the truck, making sure that we could control what we might -- what we thought might turn into another really bad situation. police officers responding, they responded with restraint and to containre able the situation in such a way where we really did you like we had control over it. it took hours to continue to move that along. at the end of the night we really did feel that the interaction was right at the right tone. we had moms with their kids leave because they really were,
that was early on in this. there was no curfew and it was to sorttunity for us this out. there were folks who didn't want to leave and were clearly there by design. i think we made good decisions throughout. today we started the morning out , 7:00 in the morning, looking at the intel. looking for additional information. for signs that we would have disruption. we had a preventative could -- preventative patrol model similar to what we have had over the last few days, national guard, municipalities, ramsey and hennepin, how working the streets today, prepared to rapidly respond if we have disruption or riot. and also prepared to protect the first amendment rights of people who are coming to protest.
we have been working with community and will continue to work with community. inther it is at the memorial chicago, little earth, or the twin -- or all over the twin cities area. peace officers have been working to keep the peace. that is what the community wants and it is what you want. this afternoon we will be moving into a more multiagency coordinated presence, bringing more folks in from the suburbs and other sheriffs departments, can you doing to integrate them state patrol,sota the department of national resources and national guard, once again going out to patrol to make sure the curfew is make sure that lawful and peaceful demonstrations, their first amendment rights are protected and to make sure that writer behave -- riot or behavior is not allowed to be the story of the day. time -- at this time i
turn it over to major general tom jensen of the minnesota national guard. >> good morning, everyone. adjunct general of the minnesota national guard and as the governor just, this morning we received guidance from the governor as it relates to demobilization of the minnesota nephew bogart, returning part of them back to their hometowns and armories. this is not an order to return the entire organization back home. any redeployment is correlated -- coordinated by the magic and approved by the governor.
[no audio] state patrol and the department of safety. movement and as as weas this afternoon take units were not respire -- required to respond in st. paul or minneapolis and allow them to return home and begin the process of turning back, with no more status as a citizen soldier. p.m., in the 9:48 vicinity of i-35 and washington avenue, an unknown vehicle driving at a high rate of the towards a minnesota national guardsmen and their police counterparts. the rapidly approaching vehicle
refused to slow down as it approached guardsmen and police officers. initial questioning into our national guardsmen indicates that this element responded with verbal and nonverbal signals for the vehicle to stop. the vehicle continued at a high rate of speed. nonlethal weapon -- methods were engaged on the vehicle to again have the vehicle stopped, but it continued at a high rate of speed. at that time, in accordance with the escalation of force, our soldier fired three rounds from his rifle in response to a perceived and legitimate threat to him and the minnesota police officers he was in direct support of. the vehicle changed course and fled the scene. at this time, no injuries have been reported. we have followed all procedures and reported the event to the governor's office and the chief of the national guard bureau.
as is required by regulation anytime a service member discharges the weapon, regardless of reason, we have assigned an investigating officer for the incident. week,nally, this specifically this weekend for minnesota national guard has seen the best in the worst of minnesota. we have seen the devastation of community and we have seen great ,itizens coming back out picking up the pieces with their friends, neighbors, and strangers. we have had a small part in that, the privilege and the .onor minneapolis and st. paul are our communities, to. we live here, we work here, the minnesota national guard is here for you. now i will be followed by colonel langer. >> thank you, general. i have the honor and privilege
of serving as chief of the minnesota state patrol. i will be brief, last night was a kind of text civil disobedience issue that we are training to work with on a regular basis and people saw a strategy that law-enforcement likes him better -- likes better than munitions and chemical weapons. last night i think people saw a much slower development of the crowd control strategy with a tactic of encirclement that works in a very careful, methodical, save, and easier way to take people into custody. most of which want to be taken into custody for their actions for various reasons. i echo the sentiment and i was bh to see law officers, louvers, shares deputies, police officers, this is a multi-our interaction. .- multi-hour interaction
it warmed my heart to see those police officers interacting with the protesters under arrest, communicating, talking, laughing, being human together. that is what i like to see and what we like to see and what makes us proud. enough was said about the semi on the 35 w bridge. i had the same this role reaction is the traffic safety professional but what it could have been versus what it was, the freeway is just a dangerous place to be when you are protesting. there are many places to exercise your first amendment rights. we continue to facilitate that, the freeway is just not the place to do it. though we tried as hard as we , it's keep people safe just really difficult and yesterday is a shining example of what he said for a long time about the danger of those. nothing short of a miracle in terms of the lack of injury involved. last and least, we are -- not
least, we are prepared, the agency response is still there. the curfew adjustment has been announced. other than that you hear law enforcement saying 10:00, the idea being it's a curfew and in order, but what you don't here is i would like to ask people to operate with it. maybe that's different, that's maybe not common, but that is our ask and i am a speaking on behalf of law force and. we would like you to operate, that is helpful for us. we will be there and we are ready and willing and we know the vast, met -- a vast, vast majority of the minnesota is around st. paul are helping and trying and we are just hoping for a peaceful, genuine expression of a first amendment right. we look forward to that and it is my ask for the future who we get back to worry -- who we were in this state.
will changes a gate it over to mayor jacob frey. -- with that, i think i will change it over to mayor jacob frey. >> thank you area this has clearly been a crisis unlike any our city or state has ever seen and it is clear that it demand at ace date supported response. the governor mentioned a little bit ago that we have not seen this kind of mobilization since world war ii and i want to thank the governor for the support we have gotten over the last several days. it has been essential for the safety and welfare of all of minneapolis. i won't get too much into the tanker truck, but this just terrifying instance also shows a lot of bravery. bravery, those
peaceful protesters that were willing to help the individual in the truck. took weekendrs clear action to remove them from the bridge because we didn't know what was on the tanker. we didn't know it was explosives or the intent of the individual and by focusing on the bridge we quickly got first responders to the action. there was also an early morning fire in north minneapolis. a suspected arson. we have a long way to go and although north minneapolis has not been the center of a lot of mobilization, some beautiful things are happening there. providing for one another, free food. 35 texts and calls. what it says to me is that they are strong and well cared for. can'tn't -- you know, we
use site of the fact that today today -- yesterday and today we have seen peaceful protest all around the city. i visited lake bloomington and the memorial for george floyd in chicago. -- on chicago. it was therapeutic for me to see people in community loving each other, looking out for their andhbors, celebrating peace of the beautiful life that was george floyd, heart warming even in the most difficult of circumstances. it was heavy. people are obviously sad and angry, but their commitment to seeing change going forward is inspirational. these cannot be half measures. there can be no tokenization. this has to be done well and
thoroughly. i can tell you that i come of the governor, and the mayor aren't you made it to that. to call this a painful chapter isthe history of our city clearly an understatement. the murder of george floyd has bus systemicar racism and issues that need to be confronted in our society, not tomorrow but right now. let's keep that sense of urgency and lack of patience going forward. as the be the overriding goals of tonight and the days ahead. >> thank you. many of you know that i have an almost three-month-old at home. her name is a mia love. -- her name is amelia.
covid-19 already canceled my parenting leave. i haven't gotten a chance to do the fatherhood leave i had initially planned on doing. but i look at her every morning, i look at her every day and i know that she is going to have some lessons for all of us. you know, growing up i think about the conversations i had with my grand errands and my parents about those days. like when martin luther king was assassinated. moments like freedom summer, those defining moments in our history where we look at our grandparents and their parents and we say this was a really important moment and we ask them to account to us for where they were and what they did. the governor's point, when we asked our grandparents about those historic moments, a commission and a task or stroke or is unsatisfactory.
the point is that every generation i know has those. the moments they call us to be eager that our biggest selves. they call us to work and to action. call us to do something. in just the way that we have asked our generation to account for those moments, all of our children and grandchildren will ask us to account for what we did right now, how we acted right now, how we answered this moment right now. a dayday in st. paul is that i look forward to telling them about. yesterday in st. paul the day was marked by the local business owners who, despite having boarded up windows and trying to figure out when they will get their employees back to work, held supply drives to collect diapers, formula, food, and the types of essential supplies
families need but don't have access to because a grocery store is closed. by neighbors showing up on university avenue, organizing organically on the internet, showing up to walk down the street with a garbage can, at garbage bag, a shovel and a broom. yesterday was marked by the thousands and thousands of individuals who came out like they did in minneapolis to came out and sulli march, to come out and gather at the capital to save what our focus ought to have been on all of this past week and what it must be on going forward. george floyd should never have died. he should still be alive, still be with us today. the officers responsible for his death must be held accountable. as we do this short-term work,
we must commit ourselves to the in our community, our country, far too many times for far too long. work, all of those actions, were peaceful but not patient. the actions were peaceful, but they were not wired. as we think about how weak respond to this moment, what willie tell our children and grandchildren -- grandchildren about how this moment was different? we know that we never restored our peace, but we never restored our quiet -- our peace, our patients. we didn't satisfy ourselves for
settling for waiting patiently for someone else to do this, but we doubled our community -- our commitment to humanity, for the life in value of the lives of all of the community, particularly for those black and brown young men who we have too often seen lose their lives at the hands of law enforcement. we have shifted, it seems, our approach in minnesota and in the twin cities on the how. that has given us the chance to change the law enforcement tactics we heard about. the how has shifted. the community has been working with us to dismantle the systems that cause the incidents to keep occurring and dismantle the sotems that make it difficult when they do. it's up to us and i am looking forward to be able to share with our daughters, children, grandchildren that in this moment we met it with peace, but
never again quiet. like you. >> thank you, mayor. minnesotans, the mayor is right. we will be defined by how we respond to what happened to george floyd last monday night. that work is beginning. a long road,o be but it is one that is our work, it's the work ahead of us. tom? >> are still unclear about the truck driver. what do we know about the truck driver? was this intentional? can you give us more detail? >> we have gone back to work with marty keller and the commission there. the state patrol is working with others on the investigation and , they hadus far
planned to close the freeway along with the curfew, which is what we were originally set up to do. [no audio] they started the process of shutting down entrance ramps and things on that line. from the traffic cams, we know the driver of the tanker truck was on the freeway already. was on 94 already and he turned barricadedore we got or trucks there to block off the access.
he, we know it was his second run of the day. he was running empty. there was no fuel in the tanker truck. this was his second run back. this was a route he had taken an him what we understand, he was eating. we have information that he was speeding and we have information that he saw the crowd and initially it looks like he panicked. he kept barreling forward and he a young woman on a bike falling down in front of him and he slammed on the brakes. and he slid for a certain amount of time until the vehicle stopped. from what we can tell from our interviews, we have not had any only ation and it is little bit into the investigation.
and intentional act. it wasn't that he went around to get to the protest. itknew it was going on but doesn't appear he was driving to try to intersect the protest at this point. and areinterviewed him continuing the investigation. >> house majority leader since deleted the tweet but in the aftermath of the truck incident he wrote that protesters i know are saying truck drivers intentionally ran into them with confederate flags and white supremacist insignias. of that ist none true. should one of the top political minnesota, should they be tweeting that in a tense and chaotic chew asian? >> certainly not. i don't think that we should do civic leadership by twitter.
we have seen these situations happen. it's chaotic for you there are a lot of emotions. i will just say it, we have positive,ally cohesive messaging. we have seen this with covid-19 and other things. to others out there, no, it not helpful. this, someonet in did something really stupid, got in a dangerous situation on the , feels lucky he didn't kill someone and lucky that minnesotans show their better angels. toould encourage everyone these not do that, it's not helpful. >> talking about national guard pulling back, general, it feels better soon.
, i many national guardsmen heard a figure of 4000 or 5000? >> this is where communication and messaging matters. there are a lot of folks that are anticipating, they know, i know you have to fill the air space, they are commentating -- itrbacking is a goes goes. we had troops at the armory warming their engines, a common ink. they are ready to go. thatcame a political issue we are not funding the national guard and they need call. please note that the professionals know that this is a switch.h -- when you deploy the national guard, there are all kinds of structures of support, all kinds , waysks on the front end to maintain the operation
without some of those support elements directly out there. what the general but tell you, the forces you have seen and been able to respond to will not change. you are not seeing what's going on behind the scenes. general? like i did after 24 years. -- >> i did that for 24 years. [laughter] early on, admittedly, we made is related to troops on the ground and tactics . we had to get ahead of the curve. the governor said for mobilization of the guard in order to get ahead of the violence curve. we had over 7000 guardsmen meeting this. the governor is right, these are administrative logistics.
we were preparing to go to other places in minnesota. what we are seeing now is a much more stable position. the national guard and law enforcement operations are , right?he last agent in we are not primarily a law enforcement agent. we support our brothers and sisters. if we are the last agency in, we should be the first agency out and that is for the governor has authorized. we will see a small movement of the units that have been some porting the tactical units on the ground in minneapolis and saint all. our initial guidance is that the presence we have had on saturday, sunday, and monday, that will be the minimum presence. we have to always be able to have the presence available
public safety to the max. we have seen saturday and sunday as very successful as it relates to the techniques and tactics used. that's a little bit of to theund as it relates return of our citizen soldiers back to their home and home armories. >> this was in a letter earlier, what do you make of that letter that came out today where he claimed he was coordinating on national guard appointments and similarly, given the letter, the related follow-up question to trusts how do people have in law enforcement given the tone of the letter? >> i have not read it. i can only speak about the state of minnesota and my authority as governor. that is not how any of this
works. at this point in time i don't think i can comment any further, i don't have any more information on it. [no audio] ongoing call around covid, the president came on and gave his assessment of the situation. i remind folks, much like maybe washington state or, more importantly, new york, where we were all watching what happened to them with covid-19, that was us. governors have been calling me and asking about this because it hit us first. the president gave his assessment, called on me to speak. this action we are taking, i'm
incredibly proud of what the group but together but i pray to god we never, ever have to do this again and i hope i never see this type of organization but together ever again. that it'so him was not, you know, saying the world was laughing at the states not taking action. i said no one is laughing here, we are in pain, crying, a man lost his life in front of us and our challenge is that this is about social trust, social compact, reestablishing faith in the people there to serve them. i think the president for this board -- for the support the secretary esper, who was on with us to help us assess this. i also shared with the president of the posture of a force on the ground is unsustainable it's they and
antithesis of how we live. governors [inaudible] crackdown [indiscernible] words.burgh the exact they are making a point and how you articulate that, we are talking about using this police presence and public safety presence to separate the legitimate and visceral pain and problems that we have from the people causing problems. without the nuance, and the nuances everything, i tried to explain that to them. it's important, i have it on the phone every minute of every day with local elected officials calling me. if they don't know, if they didn't grow up in this, seeing
oneone on a military uniform the streets of america is terrifying. explaining to them the role of a citizen soldier being out there, i took my time to tell the other governors that you are going to need your forces on this. we had established the largent's and it takes time. the solution is not going to be with what they built here. this is not the solution to the problem. this is the solution to the short-term cause of the violence. in the violence. >> did he call you or other governors week? [indiscernible]
>> i would not quote that on there. i engaged in the conversation. when you think of someone like the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and the department of defense, they work on soft power. those people, the last thing they want to do, they would rather diffuse things through economics and other ways. those were the conversations. when you hear me talking saying i was talking to the secretary of defense with general jensen and the chairman of the half, they were talking about the fundamental problems of systemic racism in our institutions. it was a hard conversation today . i want to tell you this, much like us looking at new york city and covid, the rest of the country look at us, they got so spooked. they are calling me asking what
they should do and i'm telling them the lessons we have learned , but no one has experienced this before. hope going back to what tom asked about, we need to be careful here, we are in this together. these are elected officials and their cities. my responsibility to understand without glasses. -- where that lapses. >> in the absence of more information, people have various looking forople are more information about what's going on. there have been stories about license plates and flammable things. >> and i think this one, this lesson learned in this, i talked about this this week, it's a legitimate question with a lot of work.
a focal point for years and decades about how we look at different operations. it's fair to say that the way that i speak about it, it's speaking for a larger group. i got out over my skis a little bit and it was hard for me to fathom that this was coming internally. you can't have that blind spot .t is amongst us and it's here this sense of vigilance about who did this. i think the data of the arrest is one thing, but the data set has to be much broader, i think, seeing the facebook post and of the social media things that are happening, we need to get a better understanding of these. we need to actually know who it was. john, i don't know if you have specifics? >> i would add a couple of things.
the social media piece is a part of it. of tips,l types information, and post that say that this is happening over here, this is happening over here. and then we send operators over to check it out and it not happening over there, there's no sign it was happening. for a time, when we first hit the post and see the post, we act on them as if they are real things really happening. a life of their own and the cops were sent to north minneapolis to check out reports of this. well, they were sent, but no one was there and there wasn't any posters. there wasn't a group of people both -- people. i crazy stuff like plan marching down the street. we have that traffic cams, none of that happened.
we struggle with what is said and what is actually happening. somewhere in between that you are getting the same social media. some of it looks like it's being deliberately put out as disinformation. how much of the stuff on social media are you supposed to believe anyway? that's a question for my folks. we can deal in evidence. we are going backwards to try to get a sense of what is evidence. going back to the chiefs and the sheriffs, how many times that i tell you they didn't have license plates? that will tell me whether or not this is actually a thing or if it is just a creation of the social media world. when i hear that there are flammables, i want
to know where the pictures are, where the bottles are, where's the evidence? if you sent me to a place where there were a bunch of flammables and bottles, i would come and pick them up and i would turn them in as evidence. i should be able to validate the stories. as we do that, we will have better information for you that confirms or denies the social media post we have been working through. >> do you believe that the unmarked cars and flammables are an aspect of this? >> i have two confirmed reports of local law-enforcement with cars that have no license it. withe those clear episodes actual reports i could get my hands on to make some sense about that. some of the others, i'm trying
to get the actual data to back it up. of arrests number made, are you still finding that the majority of the people you're putting in jail, under curfew, whatever, are from minnesota, or that the majority are from elsewhere? >> that would be yes. >> today is june 1. a lot of hair salons and bars were allowed to open across the state. many in minneapolis and saint all have found it impossible to open or don't feel it's right to open. ?hat can you tell them what kind of help might be available for them? , theheard the conversation conversation around the unfinished work of the that will likely convene by june 12, that will be critically them. that's important
with business owners, as it has been throughout covid-19, it its mean you have to open, means you adjust. i'm not going to encourage someone to go into an unsafe situation, but as law enforcement always does i'm going to try to provide a safe, civic environment. mayor, if you like to come? >> we knew, starting with covid-19, that we would have to help businesses recover in some form. terms of help from a physical standpoint, we have corridor is in minneapolis where the buildings have been destroyed. we need to help get the people back on track.
i know the governor and the mayor are committed to providing the necessary support. in some parts those community seven burned, fiscally and the communities themselves. barbershop, grocery stores, mom-and-pop, they will need substantial assistance and i will say that we are committed to it. >> of not clear if it's just support people being pulled or if there will be national guard troops on the ground in the twin cities tonight. can you tell us how many? forhank you very much allowing me to be very specific about this. sunday, i would thethat the assessment of tactics employed by the state patrol, by those departments
were effective. that level of effort i have guaranteed to the governor for an unspecified amount of time. he knows what it is, i'm not going to lay it out here. but what we had on the grandma's night will be in minneapolis and st. paul, guaranteed. as we started peeling the pieces off, the presence will remain the time. the virus didn't continue to accelerate at a very rapid rate. what we did was we created capacity that we didn't necessarily need because we started stabilizing the security environment in minneapolis and st. paul. person inink any
minnesota 1000's of guardsmen in the armory, away from their lawyers, away from their family and home, just waiting for what we hope is a downturn on the violent. why did we lower the curfew? ?oday it wasn't because violence increased, that's not why we curfew.the we lowered it because the citizens responded. they responded to police and law enforcement. and our elected officials over here. i think it would be wasteful if we just left the men and women sitting somewhere, hoping it gets worse? andfair to them or prudent he agreed. so, thank you. thank you, general. let me just say that we are not going to live in fear. we don't fear the future, we created here. we know we have got work to do. we will not leave citizens
unprotected. this is where we gather back out, some of make some choices. we need to watch carefully covid-19 issue. 's are going to be a curfew tonight? afternoon, white house press secretary kayleigh mcenany will brief reporters about the ongoing protests in u.s. cities. watch live coverage here on c-span, on c-span.org, or listen with the c-span radio app. thehe u.s. senate begins week considering judicial nominations before turning their attention to the nomination of
white house senior associate counsel brian miller to be the first inspector general for pandemic recovery, a position created by the cares act. work on may also legislation providing greater flexibility to small businesses who received paycheck protection program loans. it is possible that further work --the pfizer reappropriated pfizer reappropriated and bill could take place. >> tonight, three democrats vying for the party nomination to take on mitch mcconnell join a special edition of kentucky educational television's kentucky tonight program. the candidates will discuss their campaign platforms and why they are running. live coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. by michael starr hopkins to talk about the events in the country, race relations in thent