Chaos broke out on Tuesday night in Minneapolis as protesters took to the streets to demand action after the death of George Floyd in police custody a day earlier.
Police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades on some protesters, reports said. The protest started peacefully but the situation deteriorated and some demonstrators were seen breaking windows of police cars and hurling rocks, reports said.
Floyd, 46, died Monday night and video later emerged showing the man on the ground with a police officer pressing his knee against his neck. Footage released of the incident showed Floyd shouting, “I cannot breathe” and “Don’t kill me.”
Officers had responded to a call from a grocery store that claimed Floyd had allegedly used a forged check.
Floyd’s death sparked new tensions between police and the black community.
“We’re here to let them know this can’t be tolerated, there will be severe consequences if they continue to kill us this will not go on another day,” a protester said, according to Minneapolis’s WCCO-TV.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, released a statement on Tuesday and called it another “horrifying and gutwrenching instance of an African American man dying.”
The protests began on the south side of Minneapolis, near where Floyd was arrested. Protesters were seen sitting in the crosswalks and using their own vehicles to block traffic. Organizers emphasized keeping this protest peaceful, but chaos began to swell during the day, according to Fox 9 Minneapolis.
Protesters threw water and milk bottles at the officers, shouting “pigs” and “how could you,” the Guardian reported. Police fired green teargas and stun grenades to disperse the crowd approaching the station.
As rains came down in the city, demonstrators were seen using carts at a Target store as cover before police launched tear gas.
The four officers were terminated Tuesday. Klobuchar called a step in the right direction on Tuesday.
“Those responsible must still be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” she added. “Justice must be served.”