#minneapolisriots, #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd, Minnesota,The Purge, trends on social media as protesters loot stores, burn down buildings after the death of Black man named George Floyd who died on Monday, May 25, after a Minneapolis police officer forced his knee into his neck to keep him pinned to the ground.
Protests in Minneapolis over the in-custody death of George Floyd escalated into violence Wednesday night, with a fatal shooting near the site of the demonstrations, widespread looting, multiple fires and the deployment of tear gas.
Videos shared online show rioters stripping store shelves bare and making away with goods. They also set fire to stores and tried to break into a bank.
Stores looted include Target, Wendy’s, Walmart and AutoZone. Rioters also sprayed graffiti on the walls of Wendy’s and tried to bust open an ATM, as many ignored pleas from the Floyd family’s lawyer and Minnesota Governor Walz to protest peacefully Wednesday night.
At the Target store near the site of Floyd’s murder, the inside of the store lay in ruins. The shop had been emptied by protesters and the remaining merchandise is seen flung across the floor.
Some protesters wreaked havoc on the police precinct, pushing over barriers and smashing up the site’s windows.
The protests across the city come after George Floyd, a 46-year-old father-of-two, was killed when a police officer knelt on his neck for over 6 minutes while arresting him.
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- this is literally the purge, every store on that street has been robbed, whole blocks are on fire, and no laws are being followed or enforced. I cannot believe this
- It was literally the purge in lake street today people really out here robbing banks
- hey looting in Minnesota and as much as I don’t like this type of violence it is what it is .Too much peaceful marches,too much trending hashtags and NO SOLUTIONS! The people are left with NO CHOICE.
- Minneapolis is on fire tonight after second day of protests.
The protests starting Tuesday afternoon, when thousands gathered at the Chicago Avenue site. Though it began peacefully, the tone of the protest shifted in the evening as a small group marched towards the 3rd Precinct building and clashed with officers in riot gear.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo says he ordered officers not to respond until a few people got past a fence and into a parking area where there were weapons inside squad cars.
Arradondo says officers arrested five people for breaking into a business across the street. Still, he says the vast majority of protesters have been peaceful.
Mid-afternoon Wednesday, protesters surrounded the precinct building, as officers stood guard from above.
Starting at about 6 p.m., police began firing chemical irritant and firing rubber bullets at the precinct, located near the intersection of Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue, as video on social media shows some protesters once again began breaking the precinct’s windows.
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