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Police in Minneapolis catalyzed Wednesday night's violent protests by killing George Floyd on Monday. They've since done a terrible job of protecting innocent property owners from being victimized by the rioting that's erupted in response to Floyd's death.
Floyd was killed Monday night after being stopped by four officers with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) on suspicion of forgery. During his arrest, one of the officers held his knee on Floyd's neck for eight minutes while the man complained that he couldn't breathe. Floyd later died in the hospital.
Video of the incident, and later factual discrepancies in the police account of the event, was enough to get all four officers fired on Tuesday, and for the U.S. Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation into Floyd's death.
Neither move has been enough to mollify many in Minneapolis, who've taken to the streets for two nights of demonstrations that have turned increasingly violent.
On Tuesday, protestors vandalized police vehicles and threw rocks at a local MPD precinct building where the four fired officers involved in Floyd's death were assigned. Police responded with rubber bullets and tear gas.
minneapolis is on fire right now pic.twitter.com/TTNx1COOL5
— elgreko (@grekogoharder) May 28, 2020
Breaking: Rioters have set an Autozone on fire near the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct. pic.twitter.com/CqNBfVtIlH
— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) May 28, 2020
Inside a looted Target store, Minneapolis Minnesota, early morning hours of May 28 pic.twitter.com/dys87a8npC
— Kyle Hooten (@KyleHooten2) May 28, 2020
WATCH: Armed citizens are attempting to stop looters in Minneapolis
"Before there were cops, there were just Americans. So, here we are."
"Justice for Floyd but we don't support looting…"@maxnesterak
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 28, 2020
If the strategy was to:
keep residents safe—it failed
prevent property damage—it failed
None of MPDs actions have accounted for the spread of this infectious disease
Why are our officers firing at people from rooftops?
Why is MPD not acting like they work for Minneapolis?
— Jeremiah Ellison (@jeremiah4north) May 28, 2020
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