Murder suspect's suicide met with rioting, looting in Minneapolis after police release video showing the man killing himself

by Laura Mize · Aug 27th, 2020 12:03 pm
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Last Updated Oct 14th, 2020 at 9:33 am

After a murder suspect in Minneapolis killed himself in front of police Wednesday night, rioting and looting again broke out in the already ravaged city.

The Minneapolis Police Department released footage of the incident to show that the man killed himself, and was not killed by police, as some people believed. The suicide occurred around 6 p.m. and police released the video around 7:30 p.m. Demonstrations reportedly began peacefully, but deteriorated after the sun set.

One person downtown was using a megaphone to tell people the death had been a suicide, not a police shooting.

The man was suspected in a homicide that took place earlier Wednesday. Local news reported that the Medical Arts building and numerous stores, including a Target, Haskell's liquor store, Sak's, Bruegger's Bagel Bakery, and Caribou Coffee had been vandalized. Video footage and photographs from downtown Minneapolis showed people throwing objects through store windows, climbing into buildings through broken windows, running wild through Nicollett Mall, and kicking out store displays.

Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchison said police were converging on downtown to make arrests.

"We've got cops from all over the Twin Cities coming out here to maintain order because the citizens of Minneapolis and Hennepin County deserve to feel safe," he said. "The people causing problems are going to go to jail tonight."

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Mayor Jacob Frey echoed a statement from Gov. Tim Walz calling for peace.

Shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday, MPD issued a statement saying they were removing the video of the man's suicide, partly due to its graphic nature.


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