ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Tim Walz has requested federal money to help Minnesota rebuild and repair fire damage from the unrest that followed George Floyd’s death.
Walz asked President Donald Trump to declare a “major disaster” because of extensive damage to public infrastructure following the death of Floyd on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against the handcuffed Black man’s neck for nearly eight minutes.
A preliminary assessment found more than $15 million of eligible damages directly related to the fires.
Among the structures destroyed was a Minneapolis police station. Estimates of the total damage exceed $500 million.