Minneapolis Riots, Looting Erupt Again After Suicide From Murder Suspect Approached By Police

Minneapolis Riots, Looting Erupt Again After Suicide From Murder Suspect Approached By Police

Minneapolis erupted into a second wave of rioting and looting Wednesday night following the suicide of a male murder suspect when police approached him earlier in the day.

Minneapolis Democrat Mayor Jacob Frey declared a state of emergency and implemented an immediate curfew for 9:30 p.m. through 6 a.m., according to a local CBS affiliate. Frey also called in the National Guard to quell the renewed chaos sweeping his city just three months after rioting following George Floyd’s death on May 25. After Floyd’s death in police custody with a life-threatening amount of fentanyl in his body, the state’s Democrat Gov. Tim Walz deployed more than 5,000 troops to restore public safety.

Police say the suicide victim was the suspect in a Wednesday afternoon shooting near the Nicollet Mall.

Walz condemned the rioting on Twitter and pledged resources to local officials in their support.

“Minneapolis, it’s time to heal,” Walz wrote. “We must rebuild and recover. Dangerous, unlawful behavior will not be tolerated. The State Patrol is headed to Minneapolis to help restore order. I remain in close contact with the city and every state resource stands ready to help bring peace.”

The resurgence of civil unrest in the struggling community just two months after its city council unanimously voted to dismantle the police department rises concurrently with new riots exploding in Kenosha, Wisconsin as the nation’s new hotspot for anarchic terrorism following the Sunday shooting of Jacob Blake by police after he fought with officers and reportedly sought a knife.

On Tuesday, Wisconsin’s Democratic Gov. Tony Evers declared a state of emergency as the riots spread to Madison. He accepted federal support Wednesday after initially refusing help from the White House that local law enforcement requested.

Kenosha’s riots turned deadly Tuesday after gunshots rang out among demonstrators killing two and leaving another in the hospital. At least 32 people have been killed since the historic outbreak of civil unrest began in the aftermath of Floyd’s death.

Portland has also continued to suffer under anarchic turmoil, recently hitting 90 days of consecutive domestic terrorism suffocating the Oregon city this week.

Tristan Justice is a staff writer at The Federalist focusing on the 2020 presidential campaigns. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at [email protected]
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