Liberal Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey is now asking the federal government for aid after his city was devastated by rioters who caused $55 million in damages due to his poor leadership.
The cost of damages is expected to go higher considering government officials are still adding up all of the damages across the city.
Officials announced on Tuesday that they had estimated a total of $55 million in damages done to over 200 separate buildings. At the time, this was seen as a low estimate and the city may see upwards of “hundreds of millions” of dollars in damages when everything is said and done.
“We will do everything we can as we shift to recovery mode,” Frey said. “We’re recovering from crises sandwiched on top of each other, from COVID-19 to the police killing and then the looting which took place afterward.”
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City and state officials are attempting to get financial support from Congress or through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Neither option looks promising, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) said.
Floyd died while in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. Four officers have been fired, one of whom, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The other three have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Video of Floyd’s arrest began circulating online days later showing Chauvin using his knee on Floyd’s neck to pin Floyd to the ground. The videos sparked mass protests in Minneapolis and allegations of police brutality and racism.
The protests devolved into riots and Minneapolis police were overwhelmed with widespread looting and burning. Frey also held the police back, one night ordering them to abandon the 3rd Police Precinct were Chauvin and the other former officers had been stationed.
Rioters quickly broke into the building and set fires inside that burned the building through as fire department officials were unable to get through the crowd to douse the building. Eventually, Walz activated the National Guard to move into the city to restore order.
The $55 million in damages comes at no surprise considering Frey failed to control the people of his city. On May 29th, President Trump unloaded on Frey for his “total lack of leadership.”
“I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right,” President Trump said. “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”
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