By: Aj Mansour
Hours after taking part in the morning press conference held by the local chapter of the NAACP, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton held another press conference on the front lawn of the Governor’s Mansion in St. Paul.
“I’m heartbroken for Minnesota,” Dayton said. “There is every indication in this case that the police response was way in excess to what the situation called for.”
As protests rage on throughout the city of St. Paul, Governor Dayton went right ahead and hit the nail on the head with his answer to one particular question.
“Would this have happened if those passengers, the driver and passenger, would have been white? I don’t think it would,” Dayton said flatly. “This kind of racism exists and it’s incumbent upon all of us to vow to do what we can to see that it doesn’t happen and continue to happen.”
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension announced Thursday that “a thorough and independent investigation” is already under way. Beyond that, the U.S. Department of Justice has also said that they will continue to monitor the investigation and will step in for further investigation if needed.
While he didn't mince his words on Thursday, Governor Dayton did say that he reserves the right to modify his opinions if more information would come to light.
For now, his final message was clear.
“Justice will be served in Minnesota."