Earlier on Friday night, Atlanta’s police chief said she understood the anger of African American communities across the United States over the repeated deaths of black men at the hands of police forces in the county.
“Whether it’s by police or other individuals, the reality is we’ve diminished the value on their life,” Erika Shields said.
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Our reporter on the ground in Minneapolis has this update:
After Thursday night’s occupation and destruction of the 3rd precinct police station, protesters turned their attention to the 5th precinct station on Friday.
Thousands of people defied the city-wide curfew to surround the station. Mostly, the protest was peaceful, with chants and signs denouncing the police. But groups broke away to burn down a bank and attack other buildings.
The police watched from the station roof and decided there would be no repeat of the previous evening at the 3rd precinct. After midnight, a large column of officers in riot gear moved into the street and pushed back the crowd with rubber bullets and tear gas. People stampeded to get away. Others turned and tried to push back but were overwhelmed by the hundreds of officers.
About 50 people were arrested. The police said officers were shot at.
The city police chief, Medaria Arradondo, said more than 1,000 officers had been pulled in to defend the station.
“We will not have another repeat of what happened at the 3rd precinct,” he said.
It wasn’t immediately clear if this marked a shift in the police approach to begin to enforce the curfew after it was widely defied, or a move solely to defend the police station.