Shots fired during Denver protest of Minneapolis man's death

Ross Houston
May 29, 2020

After stores were looted and burned overnight Wednesday in Minneapolis, officials in the so-called Twin Cities warned they would not tolerate violence while seeking to assure that investigations into George Floyd's death were underway.

Several hundred protesters had gathered to call for justice following the death of Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis on Monday after an officer knelt on his neck for nearly eight minutes.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the widely circulated video of a Minneapolis police officer pressing his knee into the neck of a Black man, George Floyd, showed a "murder right before our very eyes".

U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald and Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman on Thursday asked for the public to remain calm as they investigate the death of George Floyd.

"Evidence not favourable to our case needs to be carefully examined to understand the full picture of what actually happened", a later statement read. "And no person should do that".

Armed police respond after a man was stabbed during riots in Minneapolis.

On Thursday, protesters stormed a Minneapolis police precinct, where fire alarms blared and sprinklers ran as blazes were set.

Hundreds of people began marching in Minneapolis in the late afternoon, while in St. Paul, just to the east, police said there was ongoing looting.

St. Paul spokesman Steve Linders said authorities were dealing with incidents in roughly 20 different parts of the city.

The protests that have developed were more violent than earlier in the week, which included skirmishes between offices and protesters but no widespread property damage or looting.

Minnesota State Governor Tim Walz called on the National Guard and a local emergency has been declared in the city of Minneapolis after gas lines to the Third Precinct were cut and other explosive materials were found in the building.

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