Feds tell MN governor to pound sand after he requests federal aid for over $500 million worth of damages from riots


MINNEAPOLIS, MN– The federal government has denied a request from Minnesota Governor Tim Walz for federal funds to help rebuild and repair fire damage from the unrest following the death of George Floyd. 

Due to the extensive damage done to public infrastructure, on June 2nd, in a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Governor Walz asked President Trump to declare a “major disaster.”

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Walz’s spokesman, Teddy Tschann, confirmed that the request for federal aid had been denied, saying the governor is disappointed in the decision:

“The Governor is disappointed that the federal government declined his request for financial support.”

A preliminary assessment of the damage found more than $16 million worth of damages directly related to the fires that had been set during the protests.

According to Walz’s office, looting, fires, and vandalism damaged nearly 1,500 businesses and among the various public structures destroyed was a Minneapolis police station, which was a focus of the protests.

The federal funds would have been used to reimburse local governments for repairs and debris removal. 

In his disaster aid request, Governor Walz wrote that the current estimate of the total damage exceeds $500 million.  Reportedly, this is the second most destructive civil unrest incident in the United States history, after the 1992 riots in Los Angeles.

In a statement from the governor’s spokesman, Tschann said:

“As we navigate one of the most difficult periods on our state’s history, we look for support form our federal government to help us get through.”

Many small businesses and grocery stores, pharmacies, and post offices were damaged during the unrest. These businesses were ransacked, losing thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise and many were looted repeatedly over consecutive nights. Other property, like gas stations, restaurants, and even parked cars were set on fire, with much of it completely destroyed.

Already on the ropes from months of lost revenue during a global pandemic, some of these businesses may never reopen as others are still temporarily closed or indefinitely closed. 

On Thursday, Republican Minnesota U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer sent a letter to Trump in response to Walz’s aid request asking for a:

“…thorough and concurrent review of the state’s response to the unrest so that every governor, mayor, and local official can learn from our experiences and prevent such a situation from happening again.”

Prior to being denied the federal aid, Walz wrote in a statement:

“We’re asking our federal partners to step up and help our communities recover. We need to come together to ensure Minnesotans who were victims of this destruction have access to critical infrastructure they need so they can go to the grocery store, pick up their medication, and live their lives. Together, we will rebuild.”

Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan reiterated:

“We are committed to helping our communities rebuild, but we can’t do this on our own. While state, tribal, and local budgets are stretched thin by COVID-19, we need everyone to step up, including the federal government, to restore safety and critical infrastructure to our communities.”

Click here to read the letter that was sent to FEMA by Governor Walz. 

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Here’s Law Enforcement Today’s previous article on Governor Walz asking for federal aid.

On May 25, 2020, 46-year-old George Floyd was arrested in Minneapolis on suspicion of passing a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill. He resisted arrest and died in police custody.

The riots that have ensued since that time have been devastating to our cities and our economy, as if it wasn’t already hit hard enough by the pandemic. 

Weak leaders refused to step in and allow the police to put an end to the violence, and now they’re seeing the financial damage the destruction has done.

What’s more, some are asking for federal funding to assist. Notably, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has asked President Trump for a disaster declaration, and for financial assistance with the near $500 million in damages done.

Floyd had a long criminal record, including multiple drug convictions and the armed robbery of a pregnant black woman in a home invasion. The officers involved were terminated the following day without benefit of due process. Later on the same day, riots ensued in Minneapolis and other cities.

On May 27, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey made an appearance on The Chad Hartman Show, a local radio news talk program.

He said:

“Would Floyd still be alive if we were white? I believe that the answer is yes.”

According to Frey, Floyd’s death spoke to 400 years of unfairness and inequity faced by African Americans.

In a televised press conference, Frey said:

“Being black in America should not be a death sentence.”

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz calmly stated that “to those who are afraid, I not only see you, I hear you, and I stand with you. We will get answers. We will seek justice. George Floyd didn’t deserve to die, but George Floyd does deserve justice.”

Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan was more passionate. She said that “we,” meaning the government, “will seek justice.”

She added, however, that they can never return to normal, because “normal” means that “black and brown bodies are not safe.”

Frey clearly implied that Floyd’s death was due to racism, not poor police practice, overzealousness, or any other cause. Flanagan also emphasized racism as the cause of Floyd’s death. Walz was equivocal in his statement, which was worded in a way that could be interpreted as support for protests or caution against rioting.

All three of these officials provided tacit approval to varying degrees of the premise that racism played a causative role in Floyd’s death.

Keep in mind that all of this occurred prior to the completion of an investigation or review of evidence.

Instead, public release of the video of Floyd’s death by seventeen-year-old Darnella Frazier allowed premature conclusions to be drawn, guilt to be assessed, and punishment determined by the public, not law enforcement.

It was an extra-judicial process that was said to be stage-managed by interested parties such as the Marxist group Black Lives Matter and the domestic terror group Antifa. State and local officials who lacked the resolve to resist public opinion encouraged the protests and riots that followed by doing nothing or by vocally supporting the protesters.

Now, those same public officials are asking for up to $500 million in federal funds in disaster relief.

There is no question that the riots in Minneapolis and other major cities around the United States have been disasters to the concerned communities. The question is whether the federal government should pay to clean up the mess.

President Trump, frustrated by inaction on the part of city officials, encouraged governors to call in the National Guard to quell unrest. To his credit, Governor Walz heeded the president’s advice, and called in the National Guard, though it was several days after the majority of the damage had been done.

Other governors did not call in the Guard, and some of those are still experiencing dangerous protests as this is written, over a month after the protests began.

Minneapolis mayor Frey and other officials encouraged protesters by validating the idea that racism killed Floyd. They also validated the idea that the police department in Minneapolis and nationwide was rife with systemic racism.

Both of these positions are reckless and antithetical to what is known of “systemic racism” a characteristic so difficult to find that it is either so well-disguised it is invisible or it doesn’t exist. They are also reckless regarding the circumstances of Floyd’s death, which hadn’t been investigated at the time the statements were made.

It is possible that local and state officials in Minnesota and other states contributed to the riots by first encouraging the people involved, then by not doing anything to stop them, and third, by ceding territory, such as Minneapolis’ third precinct house, which burned to the ground.

The result is widespread and expensive destruction across the country. If that is the case, why should the federal government bail out cities for their own mismanagement? The riots didn’t “just happen,” like a tornado or hurricane, well outside of human control.

The riots were controlled exclusively by humans, at least some of whom held positions of responsibility and had the authority to put measures in place to stop the riots and mitigate the harm.

More to the point, the riots were criminal acts, in some cases aided and abetted by city officials, such as Seattle’s mayor Jenny Durkan, who only ordered rioters removed from the illegally occupied “CHOP zone” after several murders in the area and demonstrators approached her own home, several weeks after the occupation began.

By waiting as long as she did to restore order, damage was compounded daily as private and public structures were vandalized and looted, residents and shopkeepers were prevented from utilizing their property, public services were reduced to an unsatisfactory minimum, and resources were diverted from residents who needed them.

Who normally pays for damages resulting from criminal acts? Insurance and/or the criminals themselves.

In this case, thanks to a windfall of donations to BLM and other so-called “social justice” groups, it is possible to make significant recoveries from many of the primary motivators behind the protests and riots.

Hundreds of millions of dollars from private and corporate donors across America have already been transferred to the accounts of groups involved in the protests as of June 14, 2020 (Goldmacher, 2020).

Would it be too much to ask that they too contribute to a good cause?


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