Minneapolis Erupts In Violence, Fires, Looting [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports:

A violent wave of protests erupted across South Minneapolis overnight Thursday, with the police firing tear gas and rubber bullets as people set buildings on fire and looted stores days after George Floyd, an African-American man, died in police custody.

Mr. Floyd, 46, died on Monday after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a white police officer who pressed his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for several minutes. A video of the arrest, in which he is heard pleading “I can’t breathe,” spread widely online, and was followed by protests in Minneapolis and around the country.

ABC News reports:

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS officers are responding and assistance has been called in, in the midst of the situation.

“We do have some groups over the past several hours here who have engaged in criminal conduct which we just cannot have for our great city, including looting and significant damage to property, throwing projectiles,” Arradondo said.

Arradondo said there are reports of officers and protesters being injured overnight, however, he was not able to go into detail on those reports. Meanwhile, the St. Paul Police Department has been called in to assist. Another protest is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday at the Hennepin County Government Center.