Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey says there’s a lot of work to be done in the days ahead:

“Every day since Monday, May 25th when an officer murdered George Floyd has renewed a collective trauma in our city and in our nation. Four our black community, for our young people, for everyone that is hurting, we are going to keep working.”

A private memorial was held Thursday afternoon for George Floyd, another will be held in Houston next week.

Cleanup and healing continue throughout the Twin Cities following the protests and riots centered around justice for George Floyd.

“What’s happened to George Floyd is indelibly etched into the soul of Minneapolis in the action of one, the inaction of three officers has forever changed our city. So we must become a better city, we must become a more just city. That is the task ahead of us today, that is the task ahead of us tomorrow, and into the future.”

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.

The Mayor of St. Paul Melvin Carter says brighter days are ahead. Last week’s riots left many with aching hearts:

“We can either channel this energy towards destroying our own communities, towards burning and looting our barbershops, our restaurants, our family-owned businesses, the lives and livelihoods that have gone into all of those institutions. Or we can take this energy and we can channel it into building a better future.”

Cleanup continues throughout St. Paul.

Four Minneapolis Police officers have been charged in the death of George Floyd and for some, this is the first step in community healing:

“We ought to be focused on the fact that when someone takes one of our lives in such dramatic and gruesome fashion, especially when it’s as well documented as George Floyd’s murder was that we ought to have some abilities to be confident, to be sure that the people responsible, responsible for his death will, of course, be held to account.”

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter.