MINNEAPOLIS—Officials here are preparing for another night of unrest after a 20-year old Black man died when a police officer on Sunday appeared to accidentally fire her gun at him instead of a taser, sparking looting, riots and peaceful demonstrations overnight.
Security is already tight in the city for the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is accused of murdering George Floyd. Mr. Floyd’s death led to peaceful marches, as well as arson, looting and violence in Minneapolis and around the country.
Since the trial began in early March, there have been some protests in Minneapolis calling for justice in the case. They have involved a few hundred people and have been peaceful.
Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis and Mayor Melvin Carter of St. Paul said in a Monday afternoon briefing that they had declared states of emergency and set curfews starting at 7 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said he will also implement a curfew in Hennepin, Ramsey and Anoka counties from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Mr. Carter said that while “we lament what happened yesterday,” neighborhoods shouldn’t be further traumatized by destruction and despair, and people mustn’t come out “to exploit the death of Wright as an excuse to wreak havoc and destruction on our neighborhoods.”
Source: WSJ – US News