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The dam started to break a couple of days ago. The former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retired Admiral Mike Mullen, said he could no longer remain silent. Mullen said he was sickened by seeing security personnel, including members of the National Guard, use force and violence to clear a path for the president. Then last night, former Defense Secretary and retired Marine General James Mattis released a statement condemning President Trump and urging Americans to come together without him.

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Trevon Ellis spent years building up his north Minneapolis barbershop, the Fade Factory, luring customers with smart haircuts, snacks and friendly conversation.

It took just one terrible night to destroy it all.

"Inside is totally burned down," Ellis says. "Everything was burned to a crisp."

The recent wave of protests against police brutality has left a trail of chaos and destruction in many city neighborhoods, with countless businesses looted and damaged.

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Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is with us next. Before being elected to the Senate, she served as the prosecutor for Hennepin County, which includes Minneapolis. Senator, welcome back to the program.

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Protests across this country have taken many forms. Some people march in the streets, others sing. A few do this.

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The governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker, has been listening with us. Governor, welcome back to the program.

J B PRITZKER: Thanks so much, Steve.

INSKEEP: How serious has the violence been in Chicago?

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These are the sounds of demonstrations across the U.S. last night.

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UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTERS: (Chanting) George Floyd. George Floyd.

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A heavy police presence is guarding the streets here in Washington this morning. This came after police fired tear gas at peaceful protesters outside the White House.

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Try to remember what it's like to be 17. Your whole life is ahead of you. Your feet don't hurt. You can pretty much eat whatever you want. But the best thing about being 17, according to Shawn Richardson, who is 17...

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Last night, President Trump made a threat. He said if states don't figure out a way to stop unrest, he will send in the military.

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On Sunday, these protestors gathered outside of the Jonesboro Police Department headquarters in response to multiple killings of people of color by the hands of police.
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The death of George Floyd by the hands of Minneapolis police has sparked outrage across the country, especially within the African-American community.

Protests have taken place in many cities, including in Jonesboro.  On Sunday evening, a March for Justice rally took place along Caraway Road.

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Steve and I are in two of the many cities where people protested over the weekend. The demonstrations started here in Minneapolis where George Floyd died in police custody.

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Robin Rokobauer doesn't like to chance it. When there's a hurricane, she almost always evacuates.

Rokobauer lives in Cocoa Beach, Fla., on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the 153-mile-long Indian River Lagoon. Her mother is 93.

"She's got to have flushing toilets," Rokobauer says of her mother. "She's got to have fresh water. She's just got some physical needs that require that."

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