A police spokesperson said that a police officer in Minneapolis shot and killed a man at a traffic stop on Wednesday night. This is the first time the department has been killed since the death of George Floyd in May. The first killing of two people.
Spokesperson John Elder said that when the police pulled him to a place about one mile from where Mr. Floyd was killed, at least one police officer shot the man during the exchange of fire.
Mr. Freud’s death led to charges against four officers, including one facing second-degree murder charges, and after the video showed an officer kneeling on Mr. Freud’s neck for more than nine Large-scale, ongoing protests. minute.
Mr. Elder said that at least one officer was wearing a body camera and was activated during a shootout.
He said that no official was injured, nor was the adult woman in the passenger seat of the man’s car. He did not know how many officers were at the scene, whether many people fired, or the race of any personnel involved.
The state agency Minnesota Criminal Arrest Bureau is leading an investigation into police shootings.
A video posted by the reporter on the “Star Tribune” showed that people quickly fell to the scene, some of them shouting to the police.
After the death of Mr. Freud on May 25, outside the Cup Foods convenience store, demonstrators tore up the city and demanded prosecution of these people. After the police retreated, someone burned the police station and several businesses were burned; a few weeks later, the body of a man was found in a charred pawnshop.
The three Minneapolis officers who nailed Freud to the sidewalk were quickly fired, and a fourth was on the scene. Former military officer Derek Chawin, who had kneel on Mr. Freud’s neck, was charged with second-degree murder and second-degree intentional homicide, and the other three were charged with assisting and teaching him. No one pleaded guilty. The trial was originally scheduled to start in March, but the lawyer’s motion for certain officials to postpone the trial is still pending.
In response to police killings of Mr. Floyd and other blacks this year, including Breanna Taylor of Louisville, Kentucky and Reshad Brooks of Atlanta, protests spread across the country and reached coastal cities familiar with the demonstrations. , Such as Portland, Oregon. , New York and small towns in the Midwest and South.
Several cities responded by implementing police reforms and budget cuts. The Minneapolis City Council voted this month to transfer $8 million from the police department to other municipal departments, accounting for about 4.5% of the police department’s proposed budget, but many members of the council had earlier promised to “terminate police work” Has collapsed.