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Minnesota leaders call for calm after Chauvin verdict
Gov. Tim Waltz and leaders in Minneapolis expressed empathy for the protesters, but stressed the need for the public to remain peaceful after the verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial is reached.
“We need to recognize two truths: we cannot allow civil unrest to descend into chaos. We must protect life and property. But we also have to understand very clearly, if we don’t listen, these communities in pain and these people on the streets, many of whom have been arrested for speaking a basic truth that we must change or we will come back here. But I cannot allow these companies to burn. I cannot put people’s livelihoods or their safety at stake, but I recognize what they say. You will have to keep doing this if you are not listening to what is being said and the changes that need to be made. “We can’t have people looking to use peaceful protesters as a cover to bring destruction to our city. It will not be tolerated. “Whatever the jury’s decision, we know that in this era of insurgency and extremism, we must be prepared for the possibility of those who would exploit this moment and stifle the powerful voices of constructive protest across our country. through violence and destruction. ”
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