Minnesota State Governor Tim Walz announced today that he will extend the night curfew for two more days to avoid unrest that occurred during protests by George Floyd, the African American killed a week ago by a white police officer. .
Wlaz also reported that Floyd’s funeral will be held tomorrow.
“It will be an important event for both the city of Minneapolis and Minnesota and for the nation to see the process of celebrating a life that was taken from us, an opportunity to show leadership,” Walz said at a press conference, according to the Europa Press news agency.
Floyd died on May 25 after being reduced with a knee to the neck by Derek Chauvin, a white agent with a history linked to incidents that ended in deaths.
Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and, after being taken from a Ramsey County jail to Hennepin County jail, he was finally transferred today to the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights, a maximum security prison.
Thousands of people demonstrated across the country following the murder of Floyd, whose family continues to demand justice and the arrest of the other three officers who were with Chauvin.
After consulting with local authorities and in order to avoid riots during the protests, Walz decreed the extension for two more days of the 22 to 4 curfew that was in effect since Saturday in Minneapolis and its twin city, St. Paul.
“The only way these things work is the way we have seen the last two nights,” said the governor, referring to the deployment of the National Guard since Saturday to prevent looting and attacks such as police station fires.
In 2006, during an operation on the road, Chauvin shot a man who was driving a truck and was to be interrogated in a case of domestic assault, according to local press. The man died at the scene.
The officer is also the subject of at least 18 complaints of misconduct and participated in two other shooting incidents, always covered by the police department.