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Unrest erupts in Minneapolis after reports of police shooting black man who actually shot himself

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Protests and riots rocked downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota Wednesday evening following reports of Minneapolis police shooting a black homicide suspect who actually shot himself, causing the governor of Minnesota to activate the National Guard to quell the unrest. ~

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo dispelled rumors on social media about the death of the unidentified Black man suspected in a Wednesday afternoon homicide, who later fatally shot himself on the Nicollet Mall as officers approached. The incident, which was captured on surveillance video and released by police within 90 minutes, nonetheless sparked protests and looting downtown. The video confirmed the police account of what happened, and showed the man glancing over his shoulder before pulling out the gun and firing, then collapsing to the ground as a half-dozen witnesses ran away with their hands in the air, according to the Star Tribune. The officers, one of whom had his gun drawn, shooed a remaining witness away and kicked the suspect’s gun away before performing chest compressions. ~

A large crowd began to gather near the shooting scene within an hour, and some began to break windows at nearby businesses, reports CBS Minnesota. The station said people rushed into the Target store at the corner of 9th Street and Nicollet Mall to loot it, but police quickly rushed in to control the crowd. The store closed soon after. “This is not an officer-related incident,” Arradondo said. “We’re compounding more tragedy by the destruction and folks wanting to do harm to our communities in our downtown sector this evening,” (CBS). ~

Governor Walz declared a peacetime emergency in Minneapolis and said he was mobilizing the Minnesota National Guard, but didn’t say how many troops were being deployed. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey imposed a curfew Wednesday night until 6 a.m. Thursday and requested National Guard help after people broke windows and stole merchandise from downtown stores. “Minneapolis, it’s time to heal. We must rebuild and recover. Dangerous, unlawful behavior will not be tolerated,” the Democratic governor said in a statement. ~

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