Minnesota Commissioner of Corrections: We know we are far from out of the woods

May 30, 2020 - 11:46 pm

Minnesota Governor Walz called for a press conference today at 10:30 p.m. to discuss the events from the evening. He had announced earlier today that Minnesotans should stay home and adhere to the 8 p.m. curfew order so that the National Guard can "root out domestic terrorists," at his 6:30 p.m. press conference.

Commissioner of Corrections Paul Schnell spoke and answered questions about different tactics that the police force and National Guard are taking. He also talked about how the night started and what the plans are for the future. 

“Tonight before 8:45 officers went out and began to enforce the curfew put into place,” Schnell said, “that will continue throughout the evening.” 

Protestors who were out past the curfew were met with force, unlike the night prior. Schnell talked about how unprepared they were Friday night during the riots, despite believing that they were prepared. 

“We believed last night that there were adequate resources to address what was necessary,” Schnell said but then went on to mention how they were wrong. 

Schnell also talked about those who were still out after curfew at this moment. 

“They are out there at a minimum to create disorder,” Schnell said, “we are committed to bringing this to an end.” 

He went on to talk about how the plan is to not be overly confident. They do not want Minnesotans to think this is over. 

“This large force was in place and will be here for the long haul,” Schnell said “we know this is difficult … at the same time, there is tremendous relief.” 

Members of the media that were present during the press conference also asked about different photographers and journalists being arrested. 

“It is regrettable that those things happen,” Schnell said, “it's a regrettable situation.” 

Schnell continued to reinforce the efforts that are being put in place to keep the city safe and that they will protect the city by any means. 

“The governor will do whatever is necessary to protect Minnesota,” Schnell said. 

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