Protesters threw bottles and stones at police, shops, including a Target store, were looted and the AutoZone came under fire, according to local media. The protest continues in honor of George Floyd, the black man who died after a police officer kneeled in front of him during a traffic stop in Ferguson, Missouri, last week.
Mayor Jacob Frey asked people to go home after the escalation of the night’s events. Hundreds of people gathered in honor of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died after being forcibly arrested by a Minneapolis Police Department officer. Footage of Floyd’s arrest shows the officer kneeling on his neck as if he couldn’t breathe, according to local media.
The four officers involved were quickly fired and an FBI investigation launched, but no charges were filed, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Riots in Minneapolis over the past two nights turned violent as businesses were vandalized and torched as protesters demanded that the officers involved in Floyd’s death be held accountable. There have been reports of attacks on police officers and a person accused of throwing a trash can, and someone allegedly had a knife during the protests. At least one was a criminal in possession of a weapon, and another person tried to grab a police officer’s gun while someone else was accused of blocking a road, sources said.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has activated the National Guard to keep the peace after violent protests in Minneapolis over the past two nights. After the demonstrations turned violent, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz activated the National Guard on Friday night.
One man was shot dead during the protests, and demonstrators looted shops and set fire to a police car as chaos spread to nearby St. Paul.
Police spokesman John Elder said officers found a man lying on the pavement with a gunshot wound in response to a reported stabbing during the protests. Officers arrived to find the man “lying on a sidewalk and not breathing,” Elder said. It was the second fatal shooting in less than 24 hours when police arrested Floyd on charges of handing over counterfeit bank notes and possession of a firearm by a felon.
A cellphone video from an onlooker showed officers kneeling on Floyd’s neck when he was eventually unresponsive. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sent out several tweets in response to his death during the local demonstration. The march was in response to a video showing an officer placing his knee on his neck while Floyd lies handcuffed on the ground.
I saw George Floyd murdered in cold blood, and I’ve never felt anything like it in my life as a man, “he said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
As protests over the death of George Fl
oyd escalated Wednesday night, the mayor of Minneapolis asked the state’s National Guard to step in. LAPD Chief Michel Moore issued a statement expressing sympathy for the protesters’ cause and urging them to demonstrate peacefully. It started peacefully but turned violent during the night, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Gov. Tim Walz spoke late Wednesday of an “extremely dangerous situation” and urged residents to leave the area. In a tweet, he also urged protesters to avoid unlawful behavior and said he shared his wife’s and other family members’ concerns about the death.
One man was shot and a building set on fire, according to the St. Paul Police Department, and another building in the area was set on fire.
Graffiti has been removed after an escalating protest outside the Minnesota state Capitol in St. Paul. The protest followed the death of George Floyd, who lost consciousness after being pushed against his neck by a Minneapolis police officer. Protesters gathered at the site where 46-year-old George Floyd died after becoming unresponsive in the early hours of August 14, 2016 in Minneapolis.
Demonstrators used shopping carts as barricades as they confronted police outside the Third Police District. They also engaged in skirmishes with officers who fired rubber bullets and tear gas during a repeat of Tuesday night’s confrontation.
The protest, which began late Wednesday and stretched into Thursday morning, was in response to the arrest of George Floyd, who can be seen on a video gasping for air as officers kneel on him during his arrest. A Minneapolis neighborhood was rocked Wednesday night when an angry crowd looted shops, set fires and left a mile-long trail of damage. Smoke hangs over a damaged Target store in Minneapolis on Thursday afternoon as looters carry merchandise out of the store after police intervened.
In the footage, George pleads he can’t breathe and slowly stops talking and moving as he kneels on the floor.