(RT) Demonstrators have broken into a Minneapolis police headquarters, setting fires and destroying everything in sight amid unrest unleashed by the killing of a local black man at the hands of law enforcement.
The Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd precinct headquarters was breached late on Thursday night, with a raucous crowd of protesters seen filing into the building, smashing windows and some attempting to set it ablaze.
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Posted by Jen Gilpatrick on Thursday, May 28, 2020
HAPPENING NOW: The Minneapolis Police 3rd Precinct is on fire as protests continue.Latest coverage: https://kstp.com/georgefloyd/
Posted by KSTP-TV on Thursday, May 28, 2020
While the police presence in the area was heavy earlier in the day, it appears officers have since retreated, putting up no resistance to the break-in.
Breaking: Dozens of rioters have just entered the 3rd Police Precinct in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rioters have started multiple fires in the building and sprinklers are going off. pic.twitter.com/mIX1c51guz
— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) May 29, 2020
RT’s Sophia Narwitz is now at the scene around the precinct, where fire alarms and sprinkler systems were activated amid the mayhem as protesters continued to gather outside.
This is the 3rd Precinct of the MPD. The fire at the corner is growing. pic.twitter.com/yA0J0l0Ebz
— Seth Kaplan (@Seth_Kaplan) May 29, 2020
The four police officers implicated in the killing of George Floyd on Monday reportedly worked at the 3rd precinct, where protests first escalated earlier this week, descending into riots on Wednesday night.
It’s a war zone. Protestors and police clash. Fires everywhere. Chaos pic.twitter.com/juyx11rtZK
— Sophia Narwitz (@SophNar0747) May 29, 2020
Looting, arson and vandalism have been widespread across Minnesota’s Twin Cities since, as police further lost control of the situation. While National Guard units were activated by the state government earlier on Thursday, it remains unclear when they will be deployed.
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