About 50 people have been arrested in the Minneapolis protests against the death of George Floyd. Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington told a news conference that over 25-hundred officers are helping to keep the peace in Minneapolis, where George Floyd died while in police custody this week.
Harrington said it’s one of the largest civil police forces the state of Minnesota has ever seen. He added, though, resources are stretched thin, with thousands of protesters estimated to have turned out across the city.
Meanwhile, here in our state, thousands of protesters plan to make their voices heard today in Madison. The rally is to call attention to excessive police brutality against African Americans. The event comes as part of nationwide protests over the death at the hand of a Minneapolis police officer of George Floyd this week. Organizers say the protest begins at noon today on Capital Square.
Wisconsin leaders and law enforcement are responding as well. Governor Tony Evers calls for justice in the death of George Floyd. He died at the hand of Minneapolis Police Officer David Chauvin this week. Yesterday, in reference to Floyd, Governor Evers said, “His life matters and his family deserves justice.”
Two Wisconsin Chiefs of Police are denouncing the death of George Floyd. Yesterday, Janesville Chief David Moore said, “we witnessed a crime,” in reference to video showing Minneapolis Police Officer David Chauvin hold his knee on Floyd’s neck. Beloit Chief David Zibolski said Chauvin’s actions were “horrifying, heartbreaking and deeply disturbing.”