Two deputy sheriffs shot dead a man during an attempted arrest in Minneapolis Thursday afternoon, prompting protests and public protests to release footage of the shooting.
Authorities did not immediately announce the man’s name, but family and friends identified him as Winston Boogie Smith Jr., a 32-year-old father with three children.
The United States Marshals Service said in a statement sent to USA TODAY that the task force was trying to arrest a man on a state warrant for illegal possession of firearms. According to the statement, the man was parked in a car. “I didn’t follow the orders of the police,” he said. “As a result of creating a pistol, members of the task force fired at the target.”
Two deputy sheriffs (one from Hennepin County and one from Ramsey County) were involved in the shooting, according to the Minnesota Criminal Investigation Bureau, which is leading the investigation. State investigators said a pistol found in the car and used cartridge cases indicate that the man had also fired a gun.
The video footage of the incident has not been released.
The Criminal Arrest Department said there was no footage of the shooting squad camera and the United States Marshals Service did not allow body cameras to police officers of this task force.
Members of the Task Force attempted to save lives, but the man was confirmed dead on the spot. A woman in a car was slightly injured by a piece of glass.
As rumors of the shooting spread, a large number of protesters gathered Thursday afternoon. Some people yelled at the police, but the crowd remained largely peaceful.
According to Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder, people subsequently destroyed “many” buildings and plundered other buildings. Dumpsters were also set on fire.
According to police, nine people were arrested on charges of arson, assault, and damage to property.
Sherry Hopkins, who had a long-standing relationship with Smith, told The Associated Press that despite the mistakes Smith made, he was not worthy of being killed.
“I don’t know exactly what happened. But I know him. And he wasn’t worth it … the best heart I’ve ever met in my life. I had it. “
Smith’s best friend Wayron Hughes told reporters that he loved music and wrote comedy skits and posted them on social media. Hughes said he didn’t know he had a gun. Hopkins also said he didn’t know Smith had a gun.
Family and friends demanded transparency and demanded that all footage from local security and surveillance cameras be released, along with information about the police involved. At an evening press conference outside the Criminal Control Bureau, Family members and activists said they didn’t believe the video didn’t exist.
Minneapolis has been at stake since its death last year. George Floyd, A black man anchored to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer Derek ChauvinWas convicted of murder and manslaughter in April. The protest followed in April when a black driver, Killing of Dauntelite, was shot dead by police in the suburbs near the Brooklyn Center.
Tensions were rising before the shooting on Thursday The crew removed the concrete barrier Informally, around the Minneapolis intersection called George Floyd Square, community members and activists left works of art and flowers at Floyd’s monument.
Contribution: Associated Press
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