Community anger over the death of George Floyd boiled over Tuesday night in Minneapolis, as protesters and officers clashed, lobbing projectiles and tear gas.
Floyd died Monday at HCMC after an officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes, ignoring Floyd’s protests that he couldn’t breathe.
As rain began to fall, protesters shattered the glass front door of the station and defaced the building.
Some protesters climbed on top of the building, while others threw rocks and water bottles at officers in riot gear.
Police responded by firing chemical irritants and flash-bang devices, and sending groups scattering to a nearby Target and Arby’s, some getting milk to pour into their stinging eyes.
During its march, the crowd, which numbered in the thousands, chanted, “I can’t breathe” and called for the swift prosecution of the officers involved.
As the small crowd grew, community members with the group Family of Trees planted an ironwood tree in Floyd’s memory. »