Picture credit: Twin Cities Pioneer Press
Bad mistake: Shoot a young black man instead of tasing him at a traffic stop.
Bad reaction: Protesters pelted police officers with concrete blocks and frozen cans of pop.
Reporter interpretation: “There was no riot.”
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Gannon’s rational response: “I was front and center … at the riot.”
“Protests” grow: 20 businesses broken into, some destroyed (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
A prudent Governor’s possible responses: Deploy enough police and National Guard to arrest anyone who riots and loots. Ban gatherings of more than 20 people.
Governor Walz’ actual response: Declare a four-county curfew. Lockdown 2.6 million people.
Take away: Rather than condemn the riots and the looting, Governor Walz chooses to make the whole metropolitan area suffer.