Minneapolis (WCCO) – a. after the members of The US Marshals Task Force killed a man they were trying to arrest on ThursdayThe Uptown neighborhood in Minneapolis was once again the target of unrest.
Minneapolis police officers in riot gear patrolled the area, but some people still opened fire and vandalized several buildings.
According to police spokesman John Elder, several buildings were ransacked and some were looted. Arrests were made, however, Elder says, as law enforcement continued into the late morning hours, a wide number of arrests would not be issued until Friday afternoon.
The fatal encounter took place on Thursday at around 2:10 p.m. on a parking ramp from Lake Street to Fremont and Hennepin Avenues. Marshal Service officials say the man who was fatally shot was wanted “on a state arrest warrant” for being a felon for possessing a firearm. Task force members confronted the man standing on the ramp in several vehicles, who was sitting with a woman in a parked car. Officials say the man would not surrender and took out the gun, resulting in several task force members firing.
Despite taking measures to save his life on the spot, he died. His passenger was hurt by flying glass and his injuries were treated.
A crowd gathered at the spot waiting to get more details about the shooting. Two peace activist groups – We Push for Peace and A Mother’s Love – also existed to reduce conflict if they did arise.
Most members of the crowd had dispersed by about 6 a.m., but the crowd returned after 9:15 a.m., shortly after investigators left the scene and re-opened Lake Street to traffic. People pulled down the crime scene tapes, and then dragged a dumpster into the middle of a busy street and set it on fire.
Happening now – the police left at about 9:15 and opened Lake St back up and the protesters closed it again, pulled garbage cans and dumpsters across the street and set one of them on fire #wcco @WCCO pic.twitter.com/oyPlKYXnzS
— Marielle Mohs (@MarielleMohs) 4 June 2021
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will lead the investigation.