Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct Building is lead by Inspector Sean McGinty and is considered the city’s largest geographic precinct. This station is headquarters for Minneapolis Patrol Officers, Precinct Investigations, Community Response Team, and Community Crime Prevention/SAFE. Earlier in the afternoon, the 3rd Police Precinct had sustained damage from rioters. However, this would not be comparable to what would later happen that evening. At approximately 2030, Minnehaha Lake Wine & Spirits at the intersection of Minnehaha Ave and E Lake Street became looted. The rioters immediately began making Molotov cocktails out of the alcohol they seized.
Right across the street from the liquor store was the Minnesota 3rd Police Precinct building, and rioters proceeded to light the police building on fire. Not only did they stop there, they then moved on to all the stores in the immediate vicinity. Autozone, Dollar Tree, and Cub Foods nearby became engulfed with flames. The Target store saw rampant looting and also caught on fire.
The catalyst for last night’s Minneapolis riots stems from the arrest and death of George Floyd, who was unarmed. Police Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck to immobilize him during an arrest. Floyd repeatedly moaned and yelled, “I can’t breath” until he became unconscious after a few minutes. First responders that arrived on the scene performed on-scene CPR on Floyd and transported him to a Minneapolis hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The FBI and the state’s Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehensive (BCA) are also investigating the matter of Floyd’s death.
An official statement from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office cited that they were “shocked and saddened by what appeared in a recent video”. They are currently responsible for reviewing the circumstances of Floyd’s death.