Authorities said police in Minneapolis shot and killed a man in a exchange of bullets during a traffic stop on the city’s south side Wednesday night.
A police spokesman, John Elder, said the incident occurred at 6.15 pm when officers were blocking traffic along with a man suspected of hooliganism.
The elder said that the man was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. A woman in the car was unwell, Elder said. He declined to say whether the police had recovered the gun at the scene.
The elder said that no officer was hurt. He said he did not know how many officers stopped the traffic. The officers’ body cameras were on.
Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said witnesses said the man fired first. He promised to release the video from police body cameras on Thursday.
“I want our communities to see that they can see for themselves,” he said. Until then, Aradando said, “Please allow me (to the state) investigators, allow us time, let us get evidence, get the facts, so we can act on it.”
The state’s Bureau of Criminal Appearance was called in to handle the investigation.
The shooting occurred less than a mile from the corner of the street where George Floyd died in May after stabbing his knee on Min Floyd’s neck for minutes, even after Floyd said he could not breathe. Can take. This led to occasional violent protests that spread throughout the country and turned Black Lives Matter into an international cause.
After shooting on Wednesday night, Video posted on social media A Star Tribune reporter showed a crowd of protesters at police and officers in riot gear.
Mayor Jacob Fray said in a statement late Wednesday evening that he was working with Ardando to get information about the shooting and promised to complete it as soon as possible in coordination with the state investigation.
“The events of this past year have marked some of the darkest days in our city,” Fr. “We know that a life is cut short and trust between communities of color and law enforcement is fragile … We all must commit to getting the facts, pursuing justice and maintaining peace.”
In Minneapolis, Floyd’s death sparked a radical change in the police department, with activists long criticizing what they called a brutal culture that opposed the change. A push by some city council members to replace the department with the new public safety unit failed this summer.
Fray and Ardado, who opposed doing away with the department, offered several policy changes since Floyd’s death, including limiting the use of so-called no-knock warrants, revising use-force policies, and allowing officials to It is necessary to report the efforts. Quiet state.
All four officers involved in Floyd’s death were fired and quickly charged for their deaths. They are scheduled for trial in March.
With Associated Press