Armed Civilians Guard Minnesota Stores As Rioting And Looting Erupts For A Second Night

āœŖ Looting and rioting flared for a second night around Minneapolis on Monday, with rioters calling their attacks on stores and police a response to the death of Daunte Wright…

Wright, a 20-year-old African-American male, was killed Sunday after being pulled over by Brooklyn Center police.

On Monday, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said that the officer who shotĀ WrightĀ appeared to have thought she was firing a Taser at Wright when she was actually firing her service weapon.

That explanation did little to bring calm to the streets of theĀ MinneapolisĀ suburb, nor did a curfew that rioters violated as they attacked a Brooklyn Center police station.

Rioters erupted in a wild outbreak of looting Sunday night, and on Monday attacked more stores ā€” including a Dollar Tree store that was later set on fire ā€” according to theĀ Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Some stores were reportedly protected by armed civilians, whose presence alone was enough to deter the crowds.

Minnesota State Patrol Col. Matt Langer saidĀ thatĀ policeĀ tried to disperse the crowds besieging the Brooklyn Center police station through dialogue.

ā€œUnfortunately, those efforts werenā€™tĀ successful ā€¦ so ā€¦ [we] stood and protected that building,ā€ he said, according toĀ Fox News. Early Tuesday, Langer said about 40 arrests were made during theĀ violent protestsĀ against the police.

He said several police officers were injured by objects thrown by the rioters. Some rioters launched fireworks at the police, while others threw trash at the officers.

AnotherĀ 13 people were arrested in Minneapolis, according to Minneapolis Deputy Police Chief Amelia Huffman. She said five businesses in Minneapolis, including a liquor store, shore store and a Target, were looted Monday night.

Demonstrations inspired by the Brooklyn Center rioting also took place in New York and Los Angeles, as well as Oakland, California; Portland, Oregon; and Louisville, Kentucky, according toĀ USA Today.

Due to the riots, home games scheduled by the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Timberwolves were postponed.āœŖ




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