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Minneapolis Cops Fatally Shoot Man in Car a Mile From Where George Floyd Was Murdered

A man sitting in his car at an intersection in south Minneapolis, Minnesota was shot and killed by police at around 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Minneapolis Public Radio reported. It is not yet known if the individual was armed.

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According to John Elders, a spokesperson for the Minneapolis Police Department, officers from “a community response team” were pursuing a “felony suspect” whom they surmised was involved in a string of recent carjackings. Elders said that gunshots were “exchanged.”

A woman who was a passenger in the car was unharmed.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo told MPR News that he intends to release the footage from the officers’ body cameras on Thursday. He urged residents and witnesses to remain calm, although he warned that disorderly conduct would be punished.

“We want to do everything we can to protect everyone’s First Amendment rights to freely assemble,” Arradondo told reporters. “We need to keep our officers safe. We need to keep the community members safe and we need to preserve that crime scene so the facts can come out.”

But in a city rocked by excessive violence by police against Black men, agitated citizens had no intention of idling on the sidelines.

The incident occurred near 36th Street East and Cedar Avenue, which is located less than one mile from the corner of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, where George Floyd was murdered in May when an officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck for just shy of nine minutes.

Unsurprisingly, it did not take long for protests to break out.

MPR’s Jon Collins was on the scene.

“I was outside in south Minneapolis tonight when I heard a series of loud bangs (at least seven). It was followed quickly by the sound of sirens. Minneapolis police now confirming that a man was shot and killed after they say gunfire was exchanged with officers,” Collins tweeted of the shooting. “A squad drove down Cedar to the crowd at 36th St. People yelled at them. Thumped the hood and eventually they backed up. People with bullhorn keep warning crowd about police preparing teargas or pepper spray but I haven’t seen any of that or even any in body armor.”

The situation escalated…

Forget that last comment. Cops in riot gear are out here now by gas station (behind them BCA agents and forensics are collecting evidence). Crowd size about the same. Seeing a trickle of people leaving,” Collins continued. “A familiar sound for people in this neighborhood: helicopter. They were almost continuous in weeks following May unrest. Holiday looking a little like fortress. With officers lining driveway and at least one on roof. Haven’t seen any chemical weapons used or arrests yet.”

… but did not explode into chaos.

“The crowd gas migrated from the 36th Street driveway of the gas station to a line of squads behind tape on Cedar Avenue in front of the gas station. About seven officers, some having helmets, batons and visible pepper spray, are lined in front of the squads now,” Collins added. “Still couple hundred people at site of tonight’s fatal shooting by Minneapolis police. Crowd’s been spirited at times, mostly with chants. But I haven’t seen any violence on either side. Mostly music playing and people around fires now. The whole 3600 block of Cedar Ave is empty.”

Washington Post reporter Holly Bailey was also there. She overheard cops trying to obtain permission from a supervisor to shoot people that were throwing “ice balls,” which were just snowballs.

“A supervisor just said no,” Bailey observed.

 

They were given a green light to use “non-lethal” artillery.

“A supervisor, however, has given permission for officers to use ‘party cans’ or ‘handheld aerosols’ to stop ‘assaultive conduct,'” Bailey reported, noting that “officers are complaining of snowballs.”

Mayor Jacob Frey tried to reassure the public that he would get to the bottom of the matter.

“We know a life has been cut short and that trust between communities of color and law enforcement is fragile,” he said in a statement. “Rebuilding that trust will depend on complete transparency.”



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