Protesters burn Minneapolis police 3rd precinct building during 3rd night of George Floyd protests.
Watch the live view below; if you’re unable to watch below follow this link.
Minneapolis is in the midst of the third night of unrest in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, with protesters taking over the police department’s 3rd Precinct building late Thursday night.
The break-in happened at about 10 p.m., with helicopter footage showing a large fire burning near the main entrance.
Police released a statement, saying in part, “in the interest of the safety of our personnel, the Minneapolis Police Department evacuated the 3rd Precinct of its staff. Protesters forcibly entered the building and have ignited several fires.”
City officials tweeted a warning about 90 minutes later that the precinct building may be in danger of exploding.
President Donald Trump tweeted late Thursday night, lashing out on Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.
….These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
Earlier, the Target store near the 3rd Precinct, which was looted Wednesday night, became another chaotic focal point, with dozens of people gathered in the parking lot. A car was set on fire just after 7 p.m.
In the Target parking lot next to the 3rd precinct. People throwing glass bottles, one guy even jumping up and down on the hood pic.twitter.com/3H5F60jwIY
— David Schuman (@david_schuman) May 29, 2020
NBA superstar LeBron James commented on the incident in an Instagram photo featuring a screen grab of the arrest video alongside a kneeling Colin Kaepernick.
“Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you?? #staywoke,” the caption reads.
View this post on Instagram
In a statement released on Twitter, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar called for accountability, saying: “Justice must be served for this man and his family.
“We heard his repeated calls for help. We heard him say over and over again that he could not breathe.
“And now we have seen yet another horrifying and gutwrenching (sic) instance of an African-American man dying.
“Justice must be served for this man and his family, justice must be served for our community, and justice must be served for our country.”
The FBI and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension have launched a probe into Floyd’s death. —The Sun