Per David Begnaud of CBS:
Local & state leaders in Minneapolis have attributed unrest & violence to people who live out of state. But @kare11 found – by going through jail records – the vast majority of those arrested for rioting, unlawful assembly & burglary are Minnesotans
Mayor of St. Paul Minnesota says he was wrong this morning when he said “Every single person” arrested last night in St. Paul was from out of town. He blames inaccurate information given to him during a police briefing.
Melvin Carter, Mayor of St. Paul had said earlier “Every single person we arrested last night, I’m told, was from out of state. What we’re seeing right now is a group of people who are not from here.”
Melvin Carter, Mayor of St. Paul: “Every single person we arrested last night, I’m told, was from out of state. What we’re seeing right now is a group of people who are not from here.” pic.twitter.com/HHeOYYkFJN
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 30, 2020
KARE11 reports in casting blame on those responsible for the worst damage from the riots, local and state leaders attributed it to people not from Minnesota.
But publicly available data does not support those claims, KARE 11 Investigates has found.
“I think our best estimate of what we heard are about 20 percent are Minnesotans, and 80 percent are outside,” Gov. Tim Walz said during a Saturday morning press conference.
“I want to be very, very clear,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said during the press conference. “The people that are doing this are not Minneapolis residents. They are coming in largely from outside of this city, outside of the region, to prey on everything we have built over the last several decades.”
A review of all the arrests made by Minneapolis-based police agencies for rioting, unlawful assembly and burglary-related crimes from Friday to Saturday tells a different story.
KARE 11 found that of 36 cases, about 86 percent of those arrested listed Minnesota as their address.
The data, taken from the Hennepin County Jail’s roster, shows that nearly all of the people arrested in likely connection to the riots live in Minneapolis or the metro area. The five cases from outside Minnesota were of people listed as living in Missouri, Florida, Arkansas, Michigan and Illinois.