For the second night in a row, peaceful protests over the in-custody death of George Floyd quickly turned violent Wednesday night, with multiple building structures set ablaze, widespread looting, and continued rioting.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey requested Minnesota Governor Tim Walz to deploy the Minnesota National Guard following the social unrest. Demonstrators torched multiple building structures, including an apartment complex and surrounding buildings, an AutoZone, and other retail stores. At least a dozen stores were looted and or damaged.
“That’s like five buildings on fire,” one demonstrator said while talking to Unicorn Riot News.
— Hellaindividual🧞♂️ (@hellaindividual) May 28, 2020
Another horrifying moment came when A Target store was looted by a mob of protesters on Wednesday night.
There was a video of one man down on the ground being treated by police outside of a business last night. The man was reportedly shot after trying to loot a pawn shop.
Though few details have yet emerged about the murder – the first casualty linked to the riots – a number of unconfirmed reports, including from bystanders on the scene, suggest the man was shot while attempting to loot a pawn shop in the city on Wednesday night.
BREAKING: Suspected looter reportedly shot dead by pawn shop owner during riots in Minneapolis, investigation is ongoing – @StribJany
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 28, 2020
Cadillac Pawn was completely cleaned out of merchandise after reports of the owner shooting a looter spread amongst the protesters.
— Acid Communist League (@MarvinBaron6) May 28, 2020
According to Twitter user Finding Novyon two people were shot outside of Cadillac Pawn on Bloomington Avenue.
2 people shot outside of Cadillac Pawn, on Bloomington Ave.
National Gaurd are on their way.
Please be safe guys 😢💔 pic.twitter.com/uiGpZsJAnk
— 𝕹𝖔𝖛𝖞𝖔𝖓 (@FindingNovyon) May 28, 2020
Mayor Frey tweeted a plea for an end to the violence:
“Please, Minneapolis, we cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy,” the mayor’s tweet read. “The area along Lake has become unsafe. We are asking for your help in keeping the peace tonight.”
And to make matters worse, social unrest has spread to Los Angeles on Wednesday night, where “black lives matter protesters” surrounded and attacked police cars on Highway 101 in response to what was happening in Minneapolis.
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