Pressure mounts on Minneapolis Police on Tuesday night in Minneapolis as protesters of George Floyd’s death took to the streets to demand action and answers. Chaos erupted as Minneapolis Police tried to calm done these Protestors.
The Minneapolis Police teargassed on these Protesters, fired rubber bullets and stun grenades on some protesters. The protest started peacefully, but the situation worsened and some demonstrators were seen breaking windows of police cars and throwing stones, reports said.
Floyd, 46, died Monday night and video later emerged showing the man on the ground with a police officer pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck. Footage released of the incident showed Floyd shouting, “I cannot breathe” and “Don’t kill me.”
Officers had responded to a call from a grocery store that claimed Floyd had allegedly used a forged check.
Floyd’s death sparked new tensions between police and the black community.
“We’re here to let them know this can’t be tolerated; there will be severe consequences if they continue to kill us. This will not go on another day,” a protester said, according to Minneapolis’s WCCO-TV.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., released a statement on Tuesday and called it another “horrifying and gut-wrenching instance of an African-American man dying.”
The protests began on the south side of Minneapolis, near where Floyd was arrested. Protesters were seen sitting in the crosswalks and using their own vehicles to block traffic. Organizers emphasized keeping this protest peaceful, but chaos began to swell during the day, according to Fox 9 Minneapolis.
Some carried signs reading “I can’t breathe” and “Jail killer KKKops,” according to the Guardian.
Protesters continued to block traffic during the evening. As the crowds grew, the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota reminded protesters to keep their distance to help stop the spread of COVID-19, WCCO reported.
The sounds of motorcycles revving were also captured on video as they sent crowds running during the protest, with many demonstrators confused as to what was happening, according to the station.
The protesters later moved toward the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd precinct, where crowds swelled. People were seen throwing rocks at the building, as well as at police cruisers — with one being sprayed with paint, according to FOX 9.
Protesters of George Floyd’s death threw water and milk bottles at the officers, shouting “pigs” and “how could you,” the Guardian reported. Police fired green teargas and stun grenades to disperse the crowd approaching the station.