Duluth leaders react to situation in Minneapolis

Emily Ness
Updated: May 29, 2020 10:53 PM

Duluth officials are working to make sense of all that is happening in Minneapolis and provide closure for citizens.


"First, I just want to reach out to my beloved community and let them know that I’m standing with them and that I feel their pain,” City Councilor Janet Kennedy of the Fifth District said.

Kennedy said the City of Duluth would light Enger Tower in a reddish yellow Friday night to show solidarity for those that are hurting.

Additionally, Kennedy said the city would continue to monitor what is happening in Minneapolis and how it impacts people in Duluth. This comes ahead of a peaceful protest scheduled to take place at the Clayton, Jackson, McGhie memorial Saturday afternoon.

"Our city leadership is hearing you and we are listening and we want to create a space where people can grieve and we also want to insure that we are all safe through this whether its social distancing or wearing a mask," Kennedy said. "What I don’t want to see and what we don’t want to see is that people have gathered and then we get a cluster of illnesses."

Mayor Emily Larson also weighed in on what is happening in Minneapolis—saying she too has been angry and lost sleep over what has happened and what continues to unfold.

"We are in every person that is in Minneapolis right now. We are the officer who has chosen to take advantage of power. We are the officers who stood as accomplice. We are the customer who unknowingly got caught into something that spiraled out of control. We are the protestors who are mad and demanding. And yes: we are the looters who have taken freedoms, land and value from others. Simply because we could,” Mayor Larson said.

Moving forward, Mayor Larson said she is committed to listening and having important conversations as a community. This comes the same week the city voted to pass an ordinance for an African Heritage Commission.


Emily Ness

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