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As Minneapolis burns, mayor takes heat for the response

Mayor: Officer who put knee on man's neck should be charged
Posted at 10:36 AM, May 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-30 16:52:18-04

Several nights of violent protest in Minneapolis have prompted questions about whether city leaders have bungled their response. Much of the criticism has focused on Mayor Jacob Frey, who said he made the call to abandon a police precinct that protesters later burned. The lack of confrontation with vandals and arsonists came despite the activation of the National Guard, and has frustrated many. Gov. Tim Walz initially joined the criticism but changed his stance, saying the city and state just don't have enough people to cope with the volume of protests. Frey is a first-term mayor who was presiding over a thriving city before the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man, sparked the violence.