Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson Calls for Calm and Vows to Make More Arrests if Violence Continues

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Media Contact: Andy Skoogman, 612-919-5918


Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson Calls for Calm and Vows to Make More Arrests if Violence Continues

August 27, 2020 (Minneapolis) - After a night of looting and violence in downtown Minneapolis, Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson says 132 people were arrested by multiple agencies on various offenses that included riot, burglary, damage to property and curfew.

The Sheriff also said the violence must stop now and criminal activity will not be tolerated. He urged people to stay home and abide by the citywide curfew in Minneapolis, which starts at 8 pm Thursday and ends at 6 am Friday

Law enforcement taking part in the coordinated effort last night and into this morning included the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the Minneapolis Police Department, Metro Transit Police, the University of Minnesota Police Department, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota State Patrol, the Department of Natural Resources, and multiple suburban agencies. 

Sheriff Hutchinson released the following statement:

Yesterday a man wanted in connection to a murder took his own life in broad daylight. Misinformation quickly spread that he had been killed by law enforcement, even though video and eyewitnesses clearly confirm that this was not the case. As a result, downtown Minneapolis was plagued by rioting and looting throughout the night. 

My staff and I fully support the right to protest peacefully and assemble lawfully. Our deputies and staff will continue to do all we can to ensure demonstrators have a safe environment to voice their concerns. But violence and looting will simply not be tolerated. We will not sit back and let criminal activity occur without consequences. We will make lawful arrests to ensure the safety and security of our citizens and our cities. 

I am now asking everyone to come together and refrain from more violence and looting. Let’s work together to prevent further destruction, pass meaningful police reforms and build a safer Hennepin County for everyone. 



Look for more news on the Hennepin County Sheriff's website at http://www.hennepinsheriff.org.