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Minneapolis police precinct burns as George Floyd protests erupt across the nation


Protesters breached and burned a Minneapolis police precinct on Thursday night as unrest continued to rock the city following the death of George Floyd.

Flames caused officers to evacuate the station. Thousands of demonstrators continued to march through the streets throughout the night, demanding that the police officers, who have since been fired, involved in Floyd's death be charged with murder.

John Elder, a spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct, told NBC News that the building was cleared around 10 p.m. on Thursday.

Shortly after, demonstrators forced their way inside and “ignited several fires,” Elder said.

Mayor Jacob Frey said early Friday morning that he pulled police out of the precinct.

"You know brick and mortar is not as important as life," he said.

Frey, who has called for the arrest of the officers involved in Floyd’s death, called the vandalism and arson “unacceptable.”

"We will continue to do our jobs in that area," Frey said, adding that 3rd Precinct officers will continue their patrols.

This developing report will be updated.