The second day of protests against the Minneapolis police custody death of George Floyd turned ugly Wednesday night. Some demonstrators threw bottles and rocks at law enforcement and officers fired back with rubber bullets, flash bombs, and tear gas. A small group was seen on video breaking out windows and looting a Target store, nearby Cub Foods, and a Dollar Tree. Later in the night and early this morning an auto zone shop was burned, a nearby Cub Foods lit on fire along with a nearby factory. A Wendy's restaurant is also reported to be on fire. Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria [...]
President Trump says the death of a black man in police custody in Minnesota saddens him. Trump made his comments in Florida about the death of George Floyd. Trump was also asked if the officers who responded in Minneapolis should be charged. Trump said a report is coming today, though he didn't elaborate. Four officers have been fired. Video shows Floyd on the ground with an officer's knee pressed against his neck.
A police training expert says all sides must be considered, but adds that after seeing the video of a Minneapolis Police Officer killing George Floyd... "When a person is calling out that they can't breathe, and then now all of a sudden they're not resisting, they're not fighting, and now they're not calling out I can't breathe, there should be an alarm or a red flag showing up." Mylan Masson worked as a police officer for 20 years and ran police training at Hennepin Technical College until 2016. She says police are trained that it's best to get a suspect on [...]
Political tongues are wagging amid reports that Senator Amy Klobuchar is being vetted as a potential vice-presidential running mate for Democrat Joe Biden. Hamline University analyst David Schultz says if Minnesota is still in play in the race for president, there may be a need for Biden to consider Klobuchar: "If he doesn't carry Minnesota's 10 electoral votes, the Democrats are gonna have to pick up another state that they have traditionally not won, 'cause Minnesota's been so reliable." But Schultz adds, if Democrats think Klobuchar is the key to winning the Midwest, that "may not be an accurate assessment."
Democratic lawmakers are outraged at a video showing a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of a handcuffed African-American man and ignoring his protests that he couldn't breathe. George Floyd later died, and State Representative Rena Moran says it was like watching Philando Castile take his last breath: "To see George Floyd take his last breaths and asking for mercy. I don't know how you legislate humanity. I don't know how you do that." Moran says Democrats brought forward recommendations but could not get agreement from the Senate. Republican leaders declined to comment.
There were at least eight fatalities on Minnesota roads over the weekend, the deadliest Memorial Day holiday in 10 years. Mike Hanson, director of the state Traffic Safety Office says: "While overall crash numbers are down, the severity rate is up, and what's driving that severity rate up is speed. The speeds that the officers, troopers and deputies are seeing out there are really horrific." At the same time, D-W-I arrests over the Memorial Day weekend were 25 percent less than last year -- Hanson says probably because bars and restaurants remain closed until June 1st under the governor's COVID [...]
Hundreds took to the streets of south Minneapolis Tuesday night to protest the death of George Floyd while in police custody. Demonstrators carried signs that read "I can't breathe," "Black Lives Matter" and "KKKops" as they marched to the Minneapolis P-D's Third Precinct. Protesters were mostly peaceful before a police vehicle was spray painted, a squad car had a window broken and rocks were thrown at a building. Police deployed chemical irritants at them at the Third Precinct. Video of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on George Floyd's neck until he appears to lose consciousness went viral Monday night. He died [...]
State health officials do not appear particularly concerned that nearly 90 percent of I-C-U beds in the metro area are in use -- swelled by COVID cases plus resumption of high-priority medical procedures. State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm indicates officials have a good idea of possible surge capacity around Minnesota's health care system... ..."and mechanisms in place to... taking a really system-wide approach to this, and helping to place patients where there is available care on an immediate basis." State officials haven't said how soon it might be necessary to send metro area COVID patients to hospitals elsewhere in Minnesota, or [...]
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota is calling for is an independent, thorough, fair, transparent investigation in the police killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police Monday. "It's enormously important to have a reliable and fair investigation that the community can rely on in assessing exactly what happened out there on that street." ACLU-Minnesota Executive Director John Gordon. Four MPD officers involved in the death have already been fired. Gordon says it's fair to have an appropriate process before legal action is taken against the officers involved... "It is also fair for people to watch that video and say [...]
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is speaking out against the death of a black man at the hands of Minneapolis police Monday. "All I keep coming back to is this: this man should not have died. What we saw is horrible. Completely and utterly messed up." The incident, captured on video, shows the man pinned face down by police and he can be heard saying "please, I can't breathe." Frey says what's on the video is "wrong on every level." During the encounter, police noticed the man was in medical distress. They called an ambulance and the man was taken to the [...]