National Guard says it was given no clear direction as soldiers were deployed on third night of George Floyd protests as officials come under fire for looters running riot creating a war zone in Minneapolis as Gov Governor Tim Walz blasts Trump’s tweets

Friday, May 29, 2020
By Paul Martin

Minneapolis was left in ruins Friday morning following third night of riots and protests over Floyd’s death
Trump took to Twitter last night to blast Minneapolis’ mayor as ‘radical left’ and warned he would intervene
Chaotic scenes and protests also unfolded across several states including New York, Colorado and Ohio
Flames billowed out of the Minneapolis Third Police Precinct as protesters stormed and torched the building
500 National Guard troops arrived at Minneapolis and neighboring St. Paul to quell the unrest
NYPD officers were seen brawling on the ground with protesters and at least 70 people were arrested
In Denver, shots were fired at the Colorado State Capitol where hundreds had marched to demand justice
In Kentucky, seven were shot in protests over the death of black Breonna Taylor – shot dead by cops in March
Ohio protesters breached the statehouse in downtown Columbus
Demonstrators damaged a police cruiser in downtown Los Angeles, where a protest first started Wednesday

By KAREN RUIZ and RACHEL SHARP
DAILYMAIL.COM
29 May 2020

The National Guard has said it was given ‘no clear direction’ when 500 soldiers were ordered to descend onto the streets of Minneapolis after crowds of angry protesters burned parts of the city to the ground during a third night of riots over the death of George Floyd.

Minneapolis was left in ruins on Friday morning with hundreds of businesses looted, torched, or destroyed across the city and the Third Police Precinct was taken over.

Major General Jon Jensen of the Minnesota National Guard on Friday said there was a lack of clear direction and he was ‘very concerned about being asked to move to an unfamiliar area of Minneapolis under the cover of darkness.’

‘What traditionally comes with the request is the layout of capability needed and exact the problem trying to be solved,’ he said.

‘Typically the request for the guard and that type of information come at the same time, sometimes it lags.’

Shocking photos showed the devastating aftermath of Thursday night’s riots where cheering demonstrators took over the city, setting it ablaze. Thick smoke was seen rising into the sky as firefighters worked to contain a number of blazes early this morning and National Guard troops blocked access to streets where businesses had been damaged.

They marched side by side and block by block as they expanded a perimeter around a heavily damaged area.

Protesters’ fury over the death of Floyd – who was seen in video pleading for breath as white officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against him – intensified late Thursday night when rioters broke in and set fire to the police station, roaming through its corridors with baseball bats, axes and torches.

Chaotic scenes and protests also unfolded across several states including New York, Ohio, California and Colorado, where shots were fired at the State Capitol in Denver where hundreds marched to demand justice.

President Trump responded to the carnage late this morning in a tweet saying ‘George Floyd will not have died in vain’ – after threatening to ‘assume control’ of Minneapolis with military intervention and warning ‘thugs’, ‘when the looting starts the shooting starts.’

‘The National Guard has arrived on the scene. They are in Minneapolis and fully prepared. George Floyd will not have died in vain. Respect his memory!!!’ he tweeted.

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