Rioters assembled in Uptown, Minneapolis, erected roadblocks and set alight a dumpster on Thursday night, June 3, after a fugitive was shot dead by the U.S. Marshals Service, reports The Washington Examiner.
The demonstrators also smashed the glass of a T-Mobile shop and ransacked indoors, according to a Twitter video from @MrAndyNgo.
On Thursday afternoon, law enforcement officers attempted to detain a fugitive who was wanted by police. After refusing to obey demands, he drew a weapon and was then was fatally shot. The suspect was identified as 32-year-old singer Winston Boogie Smith.
WCCO reported that Smith was found guilty of a serious crime in 2017 and got a suspended jail sentence, and he was placed under surveillance. Because he violated a supervision order in May, police were looking to apprehend him. He would have been imprisoned.
After Smith was shot, the officers tried to save him, but doctors on the site confirmed his death. The female who was in the car with Smith was slightly wounded by broken glass.
“During the incident, the subject, who was in a parked car, failed to comply and produced a handgun resulting in task force members firing upon the subject,” the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department said.
After the rioters set fire to the dumpster, police officers with special equipment arrived, and explosions were heard as the cops forced rioters back.
Several arrests were made during the night, according to footage released by freelance journalist Rebecca Brannon.
Despite opposition from demonstrators who managed to barricade a junction, most of the wreckage was cleaned in just a few hours.
After the incident, rioters sprayed graffiti on LA Fitness, including the slogans “no trial for them,” “kill cops,” and “MPLS still hates cops.”
Municipal officials tried to defund police, whereas others intended to eliminate the police department, following the death of George Floyd, a black man, on May 25, 2020. In February, nevertheless, authorities passed a proposal to provide the Minneapolis Police Department $6.4 million to employ extra cops in the wake of a rise in criminal activity.
All of the policemen involved in the incident on Thursday have been placed on temporary leave. The inquiry will be led by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), which claimed that it was at the beginning of the investigation and would give extra details as the inquiry proceeds.