Senator Paul Gazelka announced that the Senate will hold oversight hearings to investigate the government’s responses to the destruction that occurred after George Floyd’s death.
The hearings will be lead by Senator Newman and will attempt to answer questions about who allowed the destruction and rioting.
“This isn’t just about bricks and mortar, people’s lives were at risk and crowds were unchecked. Who was responsible for allowing the risk to the public?” said Senate Majority Leader Gazelka.
“I think the public demands answers and that’s why we want to hold these hearings. And also because if we wait too long you begin to forget what happened and what,” said Gazelka. “But I think it is very important that Minnesota has a chance to take a look at this before we forget what happened and why.”
Some of the questions the Senate will investigate are who allowed riots and who ordered the stand down at the 3rd precinct.
They will also inquire into why the Columbus statue was allowed to be torn down, and why has no one been arrested for it considering the large amounts of footage.
Senate Democrats have responded to the announcement, saying “There will be time to address the civil unrest that occurred in the days following George Floyd’s senseless killing, but the work to enact transformative, systemic changes within law enforcement is urgent, and Black, Indigenous, and communities of color can’t wait any longer for change.”