/Minneapolis Police Fatally Shoot Man During Traffic Stop – The New York Times

Minneapolis Police Fatally Shoot Man During Traffic Stop – The New York Times

Videos posted online by a reporter for The Star Tribune showed that people quickly descended on the scene, some of whom were shouting at the police.

Mayor Jacob Frey said in a statement that he would share information about the shooting as quickly as possible, saying transparency was necessary to rebuild trust between the police and people of color.

“We must all be committed to getting the facts, pursuing justice and keeping the peace,” Mr. Frey said.

In the wake of Mr. Floyd’s death on May 25 outside of the Cup Foods convenience store, demonstrators tore through the city, demanding that the officers be charged. Some people burned down a police station after officers retreated, and several businesses were set on fire; weeks later, the body of one man was found in a charred pawnshop.

The three Minneapolis officers who pinned Mr. Floyd to the pavement were soon fired, along with a fourth at the scene. Derek Chauvin, the former officer who held his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck, was charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, and the other three were charged with aiding and abetting him. All have pleaded not guilty; a trial is set for March, but a motion from lawyers for some of the officers to delay the trial is pending.

In response to the police killings this year of Mr. Floyd and other Black people, including Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky., and Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, protests spread through the country, reaching coastal cities familiar with demonstrations, like Portland, Ore., and New York, but also small towns throughout the Midwest and South.

Several cities responded by pursuing police reform and budget cuts. Minneapolis’s City Council voted this month to divert $8 million from the Police Department to other city services, about 4.5 percent of the department’s proposed budget, but many Council members’ early promises to “end policing as we know it” have collapsed.

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