Minnesota Senate lawmakers heard emotional stories Wednesday from business owners affected by massive riots in the Twin Cities following the death of George Floyd. Jim Stage owns Lloyd’s Pharmacy in Saint Paul, which was completely destroyed:
“I’ve kind of been moving on from this. I don’t know why I’m getting emotional, but… I bought this pharmacy in 2014. I had worked there, interned there. I grew up in the neighborhood. I went there as a kid. So I think that’s probably why it’s more emotional for me.”
Republicans called the hearings to examine what they contend was a weak response by local and state officials to riots that damaged or destroyed hundreds of buildings in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Democrats say Republicans should instead focus on eliminating police brutality that led to the death of George Floyd and many other black men.