Minneapolis police station breached, set on fire as George Floyd protests intensify
A Minneapolis police station was set on fire Thursday night, as protesters continued to demonstrate against the death of George Floyd.
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on Monday after a white police officer kneeled on his neck. Protesters have gathered outside of the 3rd Precinct station every night since, and earlier in the evening, officers were on the roof, firing tear gas and flash bangs in an attempt to disperse the crowd.
As the night progressed, the mood shifted, with some protesters becoming aggressive. A fire was started in a nearby pawn shop, and after demonstrators were able to gain access to the 3rd Precinct, it was quickly set ablaze. The Minneapolis Police Department confirmed that "protesters forcibly entered the building and have ignited several fires," and all of the precinct's staff was evacuated.
Protesters are still standing outside the burning building, with some setting off fireworks and others shouting, "What's his name? George, George." Catherine Garcia