MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Police in Minneapolis said they would release a body camera video on Thursday, ending with a traffic stop in which a man was shot and killed, while being restrained by authorities in May The city’s first police-bound death since the death of George Floyd.
Police said the man was a suspect in a hooliganism and died on Wednesday in the south of the city in exchange for a shootout. Chief Medaria Arradondo said witnesses said the man fired first. He said the officers’ body cameras were turned on and promised to release the video on Thursday, even as a state-led investigation proceeding.
Seven months after the unrest following Floyd’s death, the shooting sparked concern about renewed protests. The latest shooting occurred about a mile where Floyd died while being controlled by officers.
“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.”
Police spokesman John Elder said the incident occurred at the Holiday Gas Station around 6:15 pm when officers were blocking traffic. The police did not give details of the alleged hooliganism nor released any information about the man, including his caste.
Elder said medical personnel pronounced the dead man at the scene. A woman in the car was unwell, Elder said. He declined to say whether the police recovered the gun at the shooting site.
The elder said that no officer was hurt. He said he did not know how many officers were at the scene stopping traffic or how many people were involved in the shooting.
The state’s Bureau of Criminal Appropriations is handling an investigation.
In the hours following the shooting, dozens of people gathered at the scene, some of whom interrupted the Elder and gave him sharp questions after giving a media briefing.
Eradondo said the traffic stop was made by members of a police community response team – longtime units that respond to situations such as drug screenings and gun crime. He said he did not have additional details as to why the man was sought.
The shooting occurred less than a mile (1.6 kilometers) from the street corner where Floyd, a black man, died in May, when a Minneapolis officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for minutes., Even Floyd pleaded that he could not breathe. Floyd’s death sometimes led to days of violent protests that spread across the country and began to resonate around the world.
In Minneapolis, Floyd’s death led to a push for radical change in the police department, which had long been criticized by activists for being called a brutal culture opposing the change. A push by some city council members to replace the department with the new public safety unit failed this summer.
Mayor Jacob Frey and Eradondo, who have opposed working with the department since Floyd’s death, have offered several policy changes, Including revising use-of-force policies and requiring officers to report on their efforts in de-escalate situations. This week, the chief and mayor revealed a new plan to quickly involve the city attorney’s office in investigating officers accused of misconduct.
Fray said in a statement late Wednesday that he was working with Eradondo to get information about the shooting, and promised to get it out in coordination with the state’s investigation as soon as possible.
“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.
All four officers involved in Floyd’s death were fired and quickly charged for their deaths. They are scheduled for trial in March.