Minneapolis Police Officer Rich Walker told lawmakers at State Capitol hearings Wednesday that city leaders will have to answer to the community for their decision to abandon the 3rd Precinct police station as riots escalated:

“I’ve never been more publicly humiliated to serve on a department full of leaders who thought that our building was nothing but bricks and mortar…. That is the straw that broke our department’s back, for sure.”

Mayor Jacob Frey said he made the decision to avoid loss of life. Walker says police officers are never ready to give up “their house” because it’s a symbol of safety to the community and “if you give up a precinct, you’ll give up anything.”