Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced Wednesday evening that the city had asked the National Guard to assist in stopping the unrest and rioting occurring on its streets.
Minneapolis would also have a curfew that would go into effect immediately, KSTP reported. (The curfew was lifted at 6 a.m. Thursday.)
“What we’re calling for right now is peace,” Frey said at a press conference, according to the ABC affiliate. “What we’re calling for right now is for people to return to their homes.”
The station reported that Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo told those who live in downtown Minneapolis to leave and to contact any loved ones who live downtown and tell them to immediately leave the area.
“This is not an officer-related incident,” Arradondo said. “We’re compounding more tragedy by the destruction and folks wanting to do harm to our communities in our downtown sector this evening.”
The police chief added, “This is my city. We will not tolerate that.”
The latest unrest comes after a murder suspect committed suicide as police approached him, according to the Minneapolis Police Department.
“This evening, a murder suspect committed suicide as police approached them at 8th & Nicollet,” the Minneapolis Police Department tweeted Wednesday. “No officer weapons were fired. This is a tragedy for our community that is still hurting. Our condolences go to the families of the victims.”
*WARNING: This video contains graphic images* This evening, a murder suspect committed suicide as police approached them at 8th & Nicollet. No officer weapons were fired. This is a tragedy for our community that is still hurting. Our condolences go to the families of the victims. pic.twitter.com/2NyE4os7P0
— Minneapolis Police (@MinneapolisPD) August 27, 2020
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