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A Man Was Killed During A Traffic Stop In Minneapolis’ First Police-Involved Shooting Since George Floyd


#Minneapolis police shot and killed a man they say opened fire on officers #Wednesday night during a traffic stop — the first police-involved shooting in the city since the death of #George #Floyd on #May 25.

#In a press conference #Wednesday night, #Police #Chief #Medaria #Arradondo said that officers who handle search warrants and drug investigations pulled the driver over because they believed he committed a crime, but #Arradondo said he did not know specifics about what the alleged crime was.

#Police said the man fired first and that they will release body camera footage of the incident on #Thursday. #No officers were reported injured. They did not reveal the race or identity of the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, or of the officers involved in the shooting. A woman was also in the car with the man during the shooting, but she was not injured.

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The #Star #Tribute reported that according to emergency dispatch audio, an officer radioed in immediately after the shooting and said, “#We have two people inside the vehicle, one male is down, we still have one female in the car with her hands up.”

A crowd of protesters gathered on #Wednesday night after the shooting. #Police #Chief #Arradondo asked protesters to remain peaceful, saying #Minneapolis police would respect their right to demonstrate as the state #Bureau of #Criminal #Apprehension takes over the investigation, but that “we cannot allow for destructive criminal behavior.”

“#As chief, I recognize the trauma that our city has been under, and we want to do everything we can to maintain the peace,” #Arradondo said. “#Our city has gone through too much. #We need to keep our officers safe, we need to keep our community safe, and I tell you, we need to preserve that crime scene.”

#According to the #Star #Tribune, protesters built bonfires in the street to stay warm, threw snowballs at police, and the scene “at times grew tense,” but mostly remained peaceful. #Protesters dispersed around 1 a.m. when temperatures dropped below ten degrees.

#After #Floyd was killed in #May, #Black #Lives #Matter protests happened in cities and towns all across the country. #Protests in #Minneapolis specifically turned violent with police firing tear gas and rubber bullets as some protesters rioted and looted stores. #One man was shot and killed outside of a pawn shop.

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



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