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Minneapolis police shoot and kill man during traffic stop; chief vows to release video


#Police in #Minneapolis shot and killed a man during a traffic stop on the city’s south side #Wednesday night, stirring anxiety about renewed protests following the first police-involved death in the city since #George #Floyd’s death while being arrested in #May. CBS #Minnesota reports the shooting scene is less than a mile from where #Floyd died.

#Police said the man died in an exchange of gunfire, and #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.

“I want our communities to see that so they can see for themselves,” he said. #Until then, #Arradondo said, “#Please allow me, the (state) investigators, allow us the time, let us get the evidence, get the facts, so we can process this.”

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#Police in #Minneapolis shot and killed a man during a traffic stop on the city’s south side #Wednesday night, #Dec. 30, 2020.

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CBS #Minnesota


#Police spokesman #John #Elder said the incident happened about 6:15 p.m. while officers were carrying out a traffic stop with a man suspected of a felony. #Police did not provide details of the supposed felony nor release any information about the man, including his race.

#Elder said the man was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. A woman in the car was unhurt, #Elder said. #He declined to say whether police recovered a gun at the site of the shooting, a #Holiday gas station.

#Elder said no officers were hurt. #He said he didn’t know how many officers were at the scene carrying out the traffic stop or how many were involved in the shooting.

The state’s #Bureau of #Criminal #Apprehension is handling an investigation.

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#Dozens of people gathered at the scene in the hours after the shooting, including some who interrupted #Elder and sharply questioned him as he delivered a media briefing.

#Arradondo said the traffic stop was carried out by members of a police community response team – longstanding units that respond to things like drug investigations and gun crime. #He said he did not have additional details on why the man was sought.

#George #Floyd died in #May after a #Minneapolis officer pressed his knee on his neck for minutes, even as #Floyd pleaded that he couldn’t breathe. #Floyd’s death sparked days of sometimes violent protest that spread around the country.

#In #Minneapolis, #Floyd’s death also led to a push for radical change in the police department, long criticized by activists for what they called a brutal culture that resisted change. A push by some #City #Council members to replace the department with a new public safety unit failed this summer.

#Mayor #Jacob #Frey and #Arradondo, who opposed doing away with the department, have offered several policy changes since #Floyd’s death, including limiting the use of so-called no-knock warrants, revising use-of-force policies and requiring officers to report on their attempts to de-escalate situations.

#Frey said in a statement late #Wednesday he was working with #Arradondo for information on the shooting and pledged to get it out as quickly as possible in coordination with the state investigation.

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“#Events of this past year have marked some of the darkest days in our city,” #Frey said. “#We know a life has been cut short and that trust between communities of color and law enforcement is fragile. .. #We must all be committed to getting the facts, pursuing justice, and keeping the peace.”

The shooting came a day after #Frey announced the city had announced new measures on police accountability.

“#Today we announced new measures for the MPD to improve the likelihood of disciplinary decisions being upheld,” #Frey tweeted #Tuesday. “#Holding officers accountable will always require process, but we cannot allow inefficiencies to increase the odds of a bad cop being put back on the street.”





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