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Do you support protesters in Minneapolis?

Protesters demanded justice in Minneapolis for George Floyd after a police officer killed Floyd by kneeling on his neck for nine minutes, while Floyd repeatedly said he could not breathe. In the days following, protestors marched on police precincts, and while the majority were peaceful, others set fire to buildings, threw rocks at police and looted stores. In response, Minneapolis police have been indiscriminately firing less-lethal munitions and chemical irritants like tear gas and OC spray into the crowd, often drawing blood, and hitting at least two protesters in the head with the munitions, severely injuring them.

These are the facts of the situation. Supporters of the protest say that people are lashing out because of police overreaction. It is an objective statement to say that the police have been using an overwhelming amount of less-lethal munitions and chemical irritants on the crowds over the past few days in ways that have shocked experienced observers of protest in the United States. It is also an objective statement to say that the Minneapolis Police Department has a history of high-profile killings of Black men—they killed Philando Castile in 2016 and Jamar Clark in 2015. However, critics say that looting and committing violence automatically delegitimizes a movement. What the police did was fundamentally wrong, but so is looting and destroying other people's property.

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The video of George Floyd being murdered is inspiring so much rage because his death is the latest in a long series of incidents where police kill Black people and, more often than not, face zero consequences. What makes this case so especially egregious is that Minneapolis police officers have taken such extreme, aggressive tactics to control protesters, further adding to the furor. Yes, protesters are looting, damaging property and setting fires. What is some property damage compared to a life taken? What is some property damage compared to the blatant disregard the Minneapolis police had for Floyd's life, and the lives of those they've shot in the head with tear gas canisters and less-lethal munitions? 

Mitra Jalali, a St. Paul city council member, had this to say about the protests.

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Critics argue that the looting diminishes the protests and detracts from the message that they are trying to communicate. It's a bad look. Instead of focusing the anger and criticism of the police, looting creates excuses for people to dismiss the movement. 

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