Updated May 28, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Minneapolis unrest: One man dead amid protests over George Floyd

Protesters clash with police during a demonstration over the killing of George Floyd
Protesters and police clash during demonstration on Wednesday over the death of George Floyd in custody outside the Third Police Precinct. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

A man died in a Minneapolis shooting during a second night of clashes between police and protesters in the city over the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died in police custody, per AP.

The latest: Police said officers were responding to reports of a stabbing just before 9:30 p.m. and found a man lying in "grave condition on the sidewalk" with a gunshot wound, CBS Minnesota notes. One man is in custody over the suspected homicide, AP reports.

  • Investigations are continuing into the shooting, according to AP.
  • Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz tweeted late Wednesday that the situation where the clashes were taking place was "extremely dangerous" as he urged people to leave the area.
  • There were multiple news reports of police firing tear gas at protesters and of some people looting a Target store.

Driving the news: Protests erupted after video emerged of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on Floyd's neck for several minutes, ignoring protests that he couldn't breathe. Floyd died shortly after the incident on Monday.

  • President Trump tweeted Wednesday night that he had asked the FBI and the Department of Justice to expedite an investigation into Floyd's death, saying: "Justice will be served!"
  • Hundreds of protesters attended demonstrations on Tuesday and Wednesday. Police used tear gas on demonstrators both nights during the clashes, as protest leaders called for calm. Some protesters threw objects including water bottles and rocks at the officers on Tuesday night, per CBS Minnesota.

The big picture: Floyd was arrested on suspicion of committing forgery. Police say he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs and resisted arrest before suffering from "medical distress."

  • Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the four officers involved in the incident had been fired.
  • On Wednesday, Frey publicly called for charges to be filed against the arresting officer seen kneeling on Floyd's neck.

What they're saying: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said during a virtual event with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday the Minneapolis police officer involved needs to be "held more fully accountable."

  • Biden suggested the DOJ conduct a separate and independent civil rights investigation on top of the FBI probe announced Tuesday.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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