DFL groups pass no-confidence motion against Walz 

The groups are also calling for an “end to Operation Safety Net” and the “immediate demobilization of the Minnesota National Guard.” 

Gov. Tim Walz addresses the audience at the Fitzgerald Theater after being sworn in as Minnesota's 41st governor. (Lorie Shaull/Flickr)

Two DFL-affiliated groups passed a resolution of no confidence against Gov. Tim Walz Sunday night because of his supervision of a “multi-day armed occupation of the Twin Cities.”

The Minnesota Young DFL, the official youth arm of the party, and Stonewall DFL, the party’s LGBTQ caucus, said the coordinated law enforcement response to unrest in Brooklyn Center “has resulted in a disproportionate amount of violence against protesters, journalists, and residents.”

“The continued presence of the National Guard throughout the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area has placed residents under a form of military occupation, terrorizing residents and community members,” states the resolution.

Walz faced criticism last week from the progressive wing of his party when he defended the actions of Operation Safety Net, a unified command of state and local police agencies overseeing the response to the Derek Chauvin trial and related events.

The no-confidence resolution claims Walz has continued to “allow Operation Safety Net to wreak irreparable harm to communities throughout the Twin Cities.”

“The Executive Committee of the Minnesota Young DFL and the Board of Directors of the Stonewall DFL jointly express their lack of confidence in the leadership of Gov. Tim Walz through the adoption of this resolution, finding it is a necessary public exercise to communicate its position that Gov. Tim Walz is ill-equipped to guide the State of Minnesota through this current crisis, and, therefore, the faith and trust bestowed unto him is fractured and permanently damaged,” the resolution continues.

It then demands an “end to Operation Safety Net” and the “immediate demobilization of the Minnesota National Guard.”

The groups also call on the governor to reassign the case of former police officer Kim Potter from the Washington County attorney to Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office. Potter was charged last week with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright.