Protesters took to the streets of Minneapolis for a second night to protest the lethal shooting of an armed Black man by law enforcement.
A man wanted on a weapons violation was fatally shot by police on Thursday after he “produced a handgun”, authorities stated. State investigators also said that a handgun and spent cartridge found inside the car suggest he fired it. The man was later identified by his family and friends as Winston Boogie Smith Jr, 32.
The Thursday shooting prompted unrest, with some people vandalising buildings and looting businesses in the area. The police said nine people had been arrested on suspicion of rioting, assault, arson, and damage to property.
People took to the streets again on Friday, with rallies and vigils during daytime morphing into riots as protesters were seen blocking traffic in the city's Uptown area, setting dumpsters on fire, and clashing with police through the night.
BLM rioting & arson broke out for a second night in Minneapolis following the law enforcement shooting death of armed felon Winston B. Smith, who is black. Smith recently called for deadly warfare against police. pic.twitter.com/o2q91ihgqS— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 5, 2021
Violent protesting and looting by BLM rioters broke out overnight in Minneapolis after the purported law enforcement-involved shooting of an armed criminal who happened to be black. Video by @RebsBrannon: pic.twitter.com/vglgpelmD5— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 4, 2021
Tensions between the police and some members of the community are still running high after a year ago, African-American man George Floyd was killed by then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who pressed his knee to the 46-year-old's neck for over nine minutes.
In April 2021, Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter and now faces up to 75 years in jail.
Floyd's death triggered mass protests across the United States, where demonstrators denounced police brutality and demanded justice for Black Americans who had suffered at the hands of US law enforcement officers.