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(St. Paul MN-) Senator Andrew Lang sits on the joint committee that has been inquiring about the government's response to rioting in May and June after the death of George Floyd. Lang says on Wednesday they heard from business owners who had to stand helpless by and watch their businesses get looted and go up in smoke, with no response from police or fire crews...

...Lang says they also want answers on why law enforcement has not protected public property, like the statue of Christopher Columbus that was toppled by protestors last month...

...Lang says they will be questioning officials who don't normally get questioned, like Col. Langer, head of the state patrol, and Col. Jenson, head of the Minnesota National Guard.

The panel also wants to know the response to the hundreds of shootings resulting in dozens of people wounded and killed since the George Floyd riots.

Democrats have criticized the committee hearings, saying it's nothing but political grandstanding. But Lang says the government's duty is to protect the safety of it's own citizens, and if they can't do that, they can't do anything. At least two more hearings are planned in the coming weeks.