VIDEO: Protests turns deadly as clashes, looting and arson rock Minneapolis

In Minneapolis, violence intensified in the wake of the death of George Floyd in police custody. Mayor Jacob Frey called for the arrest of a police officer involved in the death.


AJC reports after two straight nights of violent protests that tore through Minneapolis, the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday morning it has made the federal investigation into George Floyd’s death a “top priority.”

In a joint statement, U.S. Attorney Erica Macdonald and FBI Special Agent In Charge Rainer Drolshagen also promised a “robust criminal investigation” will be conducted into Floyd’s death.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for District of Minnesota, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office are involved. One man was shot to death Wednesday night as Minneapolis in another day of protests over the death of a black man in police custody.

Violence ripped the city into early morning Thursday, with protesters looting stores near a police precinct and setting fires.Police said they were investigating the death as a homicide and had a suspect in custody, but were still investigating what led to the shooting.

Protesters also briefly blocked a highway in Los Angeles. Highway 101 was the scene, according to Fox News, and protesters clung to a California Highway Patrol cruiser during a downtown demonstration over the death of George Floyd.In Minneapolis, a building reportedly had collapsed early Thursday, and fires were seen at a new apartment complex, a factory building, a restaurant and nearby houses on East Lake Street in Minneapolis, according to multiple reports.

Protesters began gathering in the early afternoon near the city’s 3rd Precinct station, in the southern part of the city where 46-year-old George Floyd died on Memorial Day after an officer knelt on his neck until he became unresponsive.

News helicopter footage showed protesters milling in streets near the city’s 3rd Precinct station, with some running in and out of nearby stores. A Target, a Cub Foods, a Dollar Tree and an auto parts store all showed signs of damage and looting. As darkness fell, fire erupted in the auto parts store, and city fire crews rushed to control it. Protesters set other fires in the street.

Officers could be seen surrounding the nearby precinct, not attempting to intervene in the looting.

Per TCO, a Target store was looted amid the chaos in Minnesota during a protest against the death of George Floyd. Karen Scullin of Fox9 Minnesota shared many of the disturbing videos.

Additional video shows violence and total chaos in the streets.

Per BusinessInsider, the looted Target store is located on Lake Street near Minneapolis’ Third Precinct police headquarters, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Target spokesperson Danielle Schumann provided the following statement to Business Insider on the incident:

“We are heartbroken by the death of George Floyd and the pain it is causing our community. We decided to close our Lake Street store earlier today and worked to ensure all of our team members were accounted for and safe. Our focus will remain on our team members’ safety and helping our community heal. Until further notice, our store will remain closed.”

The Minneapolis Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Target store was looted during a protest against the death of Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man who was killed on Monday after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck during an arrest.

A video of the incident shows Floyd saying, “Please, please, please, I can’t breathe,” and, “Don’t kill me.”

More videos of the looting: