On May 27, thousands gathered for the second night of protests in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody.
MINNEAPOLIS – Thousands of people demonstrated on the streets here for a second night of protests – which later became chaotic as police fired rubber bullets from the roof, several buildings caught fire, and a man by a shop owner Was shot and killed – after a viral video showed a white police officer kneeling on the neck of a black man who later died.
In the evening a peaceful protest descended into chaos and looting. A group of officers stood in front of a nearby predecessor and tried to disrupt the crowd with flash bang grenades and rubber bullets. Sometimes, the tear gas was so thick, it fell on the streets of the neighborhood, where people standing in their front yard were coughing and wiping their eyes.
By 10 pm, there was a fire in an auto zone. Soon, other fires including a massive explosion erupted at a construction site. Meanwhile, a man was shot by the owner of a pawn shop and died in a hospital, after police told the Star Tribune that the robbers ransacked a target, foot locker and nearby small businesses.
Mayor Jacob Fray (D) has requested help from the state’s National Guard as local leaders plead for a peaceful settlement.
“Violence only forgets violence. More force is only going to lose more lives and lead to more devastation, “Rape. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) tweeted.
The scene came after the death of 46-year-old George Floyd on Monday after a white officer pinned the handcuffed father of two to the pavement outside a market where employees called police about a fake bill . A police encounter was caught on a viral video that has sparked national outrage and sparked current tensions in a community where police have long been accusing them of racism.
In a suburb of Oakdale, hundreds of protesters gathered outside Derek Chauvin’s home on Wednesday, which was captured on video with his knee on police officer Floyd’s neck. According to the Star Tribune, red paint was poured on Chauvin’s driveway, and the word “killer” was written on the garage door.
Police Chief Medaria Arradondo swiftly fired Chauvin after Floyd’s death along with three other officers involved, who were identified by officers Wednesday as Thomas Lane, Tau Tho and Jay Alexander Kung. President Trump tweeted on Wednesday that he had asked the FBI, which is investigating the death, to expedite his work, adding that “justice will be done!”
But the response from officials has done little to assimilate a community that says it has long been treated unfairly by local authorities and has called for the arrest of officers.
Protests here on Wednesday were reminiscent of those following the death of Philando Castile in 2017, who was sitting in his car after a traffic stop in a nearby suburb when an officer shot him.
When his nephew was killed, Clarence Castile made every effort to understand how something so terrible could happen: he learned about Peace Officer Standards and Training to learn the rules governing the use of force. Started attending sessions on the board. He became a St. Paul Police Reserve Officer. And, last year, he joined the task force convened by the state attorney general to help police develop recommendations about reducing deadly force encounters involving statewide.
But when he saw a video of Floyd’s encounter with the police this week, Castile was helped to overcome the sense of despair that he felt when his sister’s son died – the same feeling sick when he The bar makes any other fatal police incident news.
“Is anything really going to change?” Castile was surprised.
As demands for accountability from Floyd’s family, politicians, celebrities and other high-profile celebrities on both sides of the aisle, Frey (D) called the county prosecutor to arrest the officer who used his knee to stab Floyd’s neck. Did it by holding it. A move that is not approved by the agency or state licensing body.
Possibly emotionally, Frey said the precedent encouraged him “not to speak out.” Not for acting so fast. And I have wrestled with more than one basic question in the last 36 hours: Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail? ”
Yet with many high-profile, fatal police encounters in recent years, as well as efforts to reform – some activists can’t help but feel hopeless. Castile was one of them.
The task force came up with dozens of recommendations, including required law enforcement training on de-escalation skills and an independent unit within the State Bureau that investigated all uses of force by police officers, resulting in death or bodily injury. was. But in the wake of another tragic death, Castile said on Wednesday, the list of proposals felt like another piece of paper.
“We can come up with all the recommendations in the world. We can make all these new policies. Unless people follow these policies .. Read more