The Minneapolis Mayor asked the state National Guard to immediately move in after protestors over the George Floyd’s death aggravated Wednesday night with widespread looting, fatal shooting, tear gas deployment and fires.
“I cannot risk the safety of innocent people and so that is what I’ve been sworn to uphold and that is what I am dedicated to do,” Mayor Jacob Frey told NBC. “We can have both things. We can have peaceful demonstrations, but I also have to ensure the safety of everyone in the city.”
The demonstrations on the second night, close to the site of black man’s death began peacefully but soon it turned out to be violent later that night. According to Gov. Tim Walz, it is an extremely dangerous situation. He further urged residents to peacefully and instantly leave the area.
“I’m imploring our city, imploring our community, imploring every one of us to keep the peace. Let’s honor George Floyd’s memory,” Frey told KARE11 in a phone interview.
As per the police department’s statement on Thursday morning, near the site of the protests, one person was found on the sidewalk and wasn’t breathing. The unidentified person was then rushed to Hennepin County Medical Center. Later, it was found that the person was brutally shot.
With that, multiple fires were also reported while multiple businesses were looted. The Minneapolis police officers were being assisted by officers from the St. Paul, metro transit police and state police.
“Tonight was a different night of protesting than it was just the night before,” Elder, Minneapolis police spokesman
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A reporter of Minneapolis Star Tribune, early Thursday, tweeted several images of a large housing complex construction site fully engulfed in fire and flames along with the liquor store with boxing littering the sidewalk and shattered glass.
Elder confirmed “a large fire from an apartment building that is under construction” without having a count of burning fires early Thursday.
“Justice historically has never come to fruition through some of the acts that we’re seeing tonight, whether it’s the looting, whether it’s the damage of property and other things,” Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said in the FOX interview.
George Floyd was a 46-year-old black man who died on Monday after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his neck with his knee for about eight minutes.
His detainment was accurately captured on video, while Floyd kept on pleading with the white officer, “Please, please, please, I can’t breathe.”
The officer who was seen with his knee on George Floyd has been identified as Derek Chauvin.
Minneapolis police recognized the other officers as Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng.
Joe Biden in his tweet called it a “tragic reminder that this was not an isolated incident, but a part of an ingrained systemic cycle of injustice that still exists in this country.”
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump also stated “My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!” he tweeted.
Bridgett Floyd, Floyd’s sister, on Wednesday morning said that she wants all of the officers at the site to be charged with murder.
“They murdered my brother. He was crying for help,” she said.