Much of the violence Wednesday night broke out along East Lake Street as Mayor Jacob Frey pleaded for peace.
“Please, Minneapolis, we cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy,” Frey said in a statement Thursday morning. “The area along Lake has become unsafe. We are asking for your help in keeping the peace tonight.”
Four Minneapolis police officers were fired after one of them was shown on camera putting his knee on a handcuffed Floyd, a black man, for about eight minutes on Monday. Floyd, whom police approached while responding to a call about a forgery at a nearby store, was recorded pleading with officer Derek Chauvin, “Please, please, please, I can’t breathe.”
NBC’s attempts to obtain comment from the officers or their attorneys’ have been unsuccessful.
The Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis said in a statement that it was not the time to rush to judgment and that the officers were fully cooperating in the investigation.
“We must review all video. We must wait for the medical examiner’s report,” the statement said. “Officers’ actions and training protocol will be carefully examined after the officers have provided their statements.”
Floyd’s death is being investigated by the FBI and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
David K. Li
David K. Li is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.