A state Senate oversight committee is holding a hearing this week (WED) to determine accountability for a recent marked increase in crime–including rioting and destruction of private business and city and state properties. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says:

 

“I think the allowing of lawlessness to be how we remove things, I think is what really has upset many people in Minnesota, I think I mentioned once, it doesn’t really matter who the statue was for, we don’t let a mob come in and tear it down.”

 

Gazelka is referring to a statue of Christopher Columbus that was toppled by protestors at the State Capitol earlier this month. Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent says “it is deeply discouraging and troubling to see Senate Republicans prioritize hearings that completely fail to address racial disparities within our criminal justice system.”