Minn. Officials Believe White Supremacists Are Attending Twin Cities Protests
The Hill reports that Minnesota officials have identified white supremacist groups operating amid protests in Minneapolis and St. Paul over George Floyd’s death in police custody.
- At a May 31 press conference filmed by KTTC, a reporter said, “We’re getting some reports that there were still white supremacist groups… trying to blow things up and start fires.” The reporter asked, “Are those groups still on the ground to your knowledge?”
- State Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell answered that “there were still white supremacist groups,” and that officials were aware of “posters put up” in “various places around the Twin Cities, as recently as yesterday… speaking to that movement.”
- In a Tweet, Governor Tim Walz (D-MN) wrote, “We have reason to believe that bad actors continue to infiltrate the rightful protests of George Floyd’s murder.”
- In the same Tweet, Walz extended a curfew for Minneapolis and St. Paul. The curfew ran from 8:00 PM on Sunday, May 31 to 6:00 AM on Monday, June 1, and it was similar to curfews issued for the previous Friday and Saturday. Walz wrote, “The curfew on Friday and Saturday night allowed our law enforcement to target those who meant to do harm to our communities. Law enforcement made several arrests and seized weapons, narcotics, long guns, handguns, magazines and knives.”
- When asked if there were any “folks who identify with ANTIFA ideology,” Schnell only said, “there has [sic] been reports of that” but did not say if officials had found any evidence confirming the allegations.
In the May 31 briefing, Schnell also said,
Some of those groups, there was [sic] posters put up, various places around the Twin Cities, as recently as yesterday, last evening, speaking to that movement. We believe there is still a presence out there… it can be one person, two persons, three persons, that ultimately bring in a lot of others… And these people, they’re agitators… We know, we’ve seen, we recovered, we’ve had reported to us, posters… with white supremacist ideology.