Minneapolis officials imposed a curfew and Governor Tim Walz sent in the National Guard last night (Wed) after looting and riots in the downtown area — sparked by untrue rumors that a shooting suspect who killed himself on the Nicollet Mall had actually been shot by police.

“To come together and fix those issues, they’re not gonna be fixed with violence or looting Target. They’re not gonna be fixed, and our mental health crisis is not gonna be fixed, by spreading false rumors about a situation that was unfolding.”

The governor said calm will be restored:

“I am simply not going to allow us to backslide.   I am not going to allow a few folks to disrupt what is an important conversation and movements towards– to reforms that need to happen.”

“We had the tragic loss of two people, did not involve police or police shooting, and the situation has gotten to the point now where it’s absolutely unacceptable.”

The governor appealed for calm — and said to those looting and rioting:

“It’s clear that this has nothing to do with asking for reforms. It has everything to do with unlawful behavior — then there should be an expectation you’d be arrested.”

Walz said late last night (Wed):

“Our units are moving, to make sure that calm and the space to have the important conversation that is ongoing, and the space to grieve when we saw Kenosha or George Floyd or Saint Louis.”

State Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell:

“At this stage the objective is, we want to clear downtown to restore the calm that the governor talked about. That’s the mission at hand.”

Schnell said in addition to looting and property damage, bottles were thrown, commercial-grade fireworks were set off, and there were reports of shots fired.

The governor, at the request of Minneapolis officials, sent in specialized military police units to augment Minneapolis police and the State Patrol. Brigadier General Shawn Manke, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard said:

“Yes, we’re prepared to increase the forces if we need to increase the forces.”At the Republican National Convention, Vice President Mike Pence denounced what he called chaos in major U-S cities:

“The violence must stop, whether in Minneapolis, Portland or Kenosha. Too many heroes have died defending our freedom to see Americans strike each other down. We will have law and order.”

Pence told the convention that the country doesn’t have to choose between law enforcement and standing with our African American neighbors:

“From the first days of this administration, we’ve done both and we will keep supporting law enforcement and we keep supporting our African American and minority communities across this land for four more years.”