Monday, June 01, 2020
What a difference a week makes.
State and city Democrat leaders seem to have forgotten that they were just threatening residents with fines and jail time over violations of coronavirus orders. But Democrats running major cities now seem to be all in with protesters as they allow mass demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd's death.
Protests and rioting erupted in major cities across the nation over the death of Floyd, the unarmed black man who died last week after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest. Video of the incident triggered demonstrations as people with and without face masks took to the streets in packed crowds.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, who allowed a police station to be torched amid the violent carnage in the city last week, was giving out free face masks to stem the spread of the virus, urging protesters in a press release to "exercise caution to stay safe while participating in demonstrations" and to practice "physical distancing as much as possible."
But just days before, Frey had warned that Gov. Tim Walz's plan to allow churches to reopen at 25 percent capacity with no more than 250 people was a "recipe in Minneapolis for a public health disaster."
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