Several people were arrested as protesters rocked Minneapolis for the second night in a row, blocking traffic and setting fires in the wake of a fatal police shooting earlier in the week.
Demonstrations Friday evening were initially peaceful, according to reports, but devolved as protesters blocked rush-hour traffic at the busy intersection of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue, according to local reports, using a makeshift barricade of bike racks, motorcycles and dumpsters.
The unrest began Thursday after U.S. Marshals shot and killed Winston Boogie Smith Jr., 32, in a parking garage as they tried to arrest Smith on a felony-arms rap.
Smith exchanged gunfire with cops, authorities said, according to court records. Smith died of multiple gunshot wounds, the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office reported Saturday morning.
Smith’s family demanded answers from authorities.
Candles and flowers are arranged at a vigil for Winston Boogie Smith Jr. early on June 5, 2021.Christian Monterrosa/AP Protesters clash with police after