Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, and Gov. Tim Walz all have suggested that many of the rioters wreaking havoc on the Twin Cities are from out of state, but jail records seem to show otherwise.
“We’ve seen long-term, institutional businesses overridden. We’ve seen community institutions set on fire. And I want to be very, very clear, the people that are doing this are not Minneapolis residents. They are coming in largely from outside of the city, from outside of the region, to prey on everything that we have built over the last several decades. The dynamic has changed over the last several days,” Frey said during a joint Saturday press conference.
Carter then said that “every single person” arrested by the St. Paul Police Department Friday night was “from out of state.”
“What we are seeing right now is a group of people who are not from here,” Carter added.
Gov. Walz said he thinks that as many as 80 percent of the rioters are from out of state.
Pioneer Press reporter Mara Gottfried found that 18 people were arrested by the St. Paul Police Department between Thursday and Saturday morning. Two were from North Dakota, one was from Wisconsin, another from Texas, and two more with unknown addresses. The remaining 12 individuals were all from Minnesota.
St. Paul police say they arrested 18 people between Thursday and this morning at 6 a.m. Here's where they're from:
– 5 St. Paul
– 3 Woodbury
– 2 Minneapolis
– 1 St. Louis Park
– 1 Mankato
– 1 La Crosse, Wis.
– 1 Grand Forks, N.D.
– 1 Fargo, N.D.
– 1 Fort Worth, Texas
– 2 unknown.
— Mara Gottfried (@MaraGottfried) May 30, 2020
Carter acknowledged during a press conference later Saturday evening that his comments were inaccurate.
A report from Fox 9 claims that 38 of the 45 people arrested in Hennepin County between Friday and Saturday for rioting, unlawful assembly, stolen property, burglary or robbery were from Minnesota. That’s according to records from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office’s public jail roster.
Additionally, KARE 11 reporter Brandon Stahl discovered that the vast majority of Minnesotans arrested during the riots listed a Metro city as their address.
The data also shows that of those arrested for rioting and burglary, the vast majority in MN listed a metro city as their address:
— Brandon Stahl (@b_stahl) May 30, 2020
President Donald Trump shared an article on Twitter Saturday night about the governor’s suggestion that 80 percent of the rioters are coming from out of town.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020
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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of The Minnesota Sun and The Ohio Star. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Office Depot Destruction” by Lorie Shaull. CC BY-SA 2.0.