Police Deploy Tear Gas

Aug 28, 2020

In the late hours of 26 August 2020, police officers deployed tear gas and fired rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators gathered in the Nicollet Mall shopping district of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Crowds of up to 500 people had converged on the area several hours earlier, and tensions escalated as some individuals vandalized and looted stores across a 10-block area in the city center. Transportation officials suspended all metro and light rail services until the morning of  27 August, and the mayor enacted an immediate citywide curfew — which expired at 0600 local time (1100 UTC) on 27 August — and requested the deployment of the Minnesota National Guard to the city. Authorities arrested at least eight people, including two for curfew violation. There were no reports of significant injuries or deaths.

The unrest began earlier in the day after a suspect sought by authorities died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Demonstrators accused police officers of shooting the suspect, who was wanted in connection with an earlier homicide in the Nicollet Mall area.

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