Police used tear gas, rubber bullets, and flash-bang grenades against thousands of protesters in Minneapolis yesterday. Protesters were demanding justice for George Floyd, a Black man who was murdered by police.
Protesters initially gathered at the scene of the murder before marching on the 6th precinct where the killer cops worked. Along the way, riot police sprayed mace on protesters and protesters threw rocks and water bottles at riot police. At the precinct, some protesters smashed the building’s windows, sprayed graffiti, and tore down the vehicle bay fence. Once inside the vehicle bay, protesters damaged police vehicles. The police then attacked the protesters with tear gas, flash-bang grenades, and rubber bullets. From that point on, the protest turned into a series of street battles, reminiscent of the Ferguson rebellion.
Social media commentators were quick to point out that the extremely violent police response to this protest was very different than the police response when heavily armed far-right protesters demanded that the states stay at home order be revoked earlier this month. Minneapolis police did not intervene against the far-right protesters.
Later Tuesday night, dozens of protesters gathered again at the precinct.