Protests erupt for a third night in Minneapolis following the fatal shooting of wanted criminal
Minneapolis erupted in violence and flames for a third night after US Marshals shot a black man wanted on a warrant who allegedly opened fire on them.
Demonstrators continued protesting the shooting death of 32-year-old Winston Boogie Smith Jr. into Saturday night, locking intersections as fires of debris burned nearby, CNN reported.
A dumpster was set on fire, and protesters were filmed jeering at cops, following two nights of similar protests, violence and looting.
Minneapolis police have already made 27 arrests in connection with the protests, the latest to hit the city just over a year after George Floyd’s murder.
Demonstrators continued protesting the shooting death of 32-year-old Winston Boogie Smith Jr. into Saturday night, blocking intersections as fires of debris burned nearby
Uptown Minneapolis has been taken over by protestors and looters for the last three days
Smith was shot and killed on Thursday by a U.S. Marshals Service task force who were attempting to arrest him on a warrant for a felony firearms violation.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is investigating the shooting, said evidence at the scene indicates that Smith fired his weapon from inside the vehicle.
Smith’s family have called for the release any video of Thursday’s deadly encounter, including from security cameras, CNN reported.
The U.S Marshal Service does not allow the use of body cameras for officers serving on its North Star Fugitive Task Force, the Minnesota Department of Safety said in a statement.
There is also no squad camera footage of the incident.
Hundreds have taken to the street of Uptown Minneapolis to march for Winston Boogie Smith Jr, a 32-year-old black man who was shot and killed by U.S Marshalls
Minneapolis police have already made 27 arrests in connection with the protests as people have taken to the street for Winston Boogie Smith Jr.
Uptown Minneapolis has been taken over by protestors and looters for the last three days.
Video footage from the early hours of Sunday captured protestors mocking police by chanting ‘Oink! Oink! Mother f**ker!’
Minneapolis has been nicknamed Murderapolis after killings there soared in the wake of George Floyd’s murder in the city in May 2020.
Images show dumpster fires in the street and officers standing guard as police say some people vandalized buildings and stole property from businesses after the shooting Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The city has been compared to a war zone after several children have fallen victim to gin violence, including nine-year-old Trinity Ottoson-Smith, who was playing in the backyard of her Minneapolis neighborhood May 15 when she was struck by a stray bullet.
Winston Boogie Smith, pictured in a mugshot from December 2019, when he was arrested on warrant charging him with possession of firearms or ammunition as a felon, was shot dead by police Thursday
Trinity was caught in the crossfire of a shoot-out as gun-toting thugs drove along the alleyway behind her friend’s house in this pretty neighborhood. She died last Thursday.
She was the second child to be shot in Minneapolis in three weeks. Six-year-old Aniya Allen was shot May 17 and died the following day. She took a bullet to the head as she ate McDonald’s in her mother’s car. Ten-year-old LaDavionne Garrett Jr. was shot in the head while sitting in his parents’ car April 30.
There have been 36 homicides in Minneapolis so far this year, more than double the number at this point last year and more than four times that seen in 2019.
So far this year, 211 people had suffered gunshots wounds – up from the 81 from this time last year
Car-jackings are up a staggering 222 per cent. Shootings have risen 153 per cent. Eighty per cent of the victims are black.
The crime spiral came after the city last year voted to dismantle its police department in the wake of Floyd’s killing.
That pledge later collapsed after the councilors who made it sought to distance themselves from it, claiming that they had only wanted to dismantle the police department ‘in spirit’ and that their words were open to interpretation.