Minnesota Officials Link Arrested Looters To ‘White Supremacist’ Groups
Minnesota Department of Safety Commissioner John Harrington said about 40 arrests made in the Twin Cities on Friday night were individuals linked to white supremacist groups and organized crime, according to Courthouse News.
Harrington said officials are contact-tracing those arrested and investigating white nationalist groups that are posting online to encourage members to exploit the protests for creating chaos.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said Saturday that while “there’s a group of folks that are sad and mourning,” there also “seems to be another group that are using Mr. Floyd’s death as a cover to create havoc.”
Governor Tim Walz said he would authorize a “full mobilization” of the state’s National Guard, sending an additional 1,000 National Guard to join the 700 already in place.
Walz said it would be “an action that has never been taken in the 164 year history of the Minnesota National Guard.”