Minneapolis Mayor Calls In National Guard Amid Deadly Riots Over George Floyd’s Death

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) has called in the National Guard after two consecutive nights of rioting across the city in response to the death of George Floyd, according to his office.

The rioting began after a disturbing video went viral, showing a Minneapolis police officer with his knee pinned on the neck of a black man,  Floyd, who died as a result of the action. The Minneapolis Police Department said it had been responding to a report of a “forgery in progress” Monday night and that Floyd “appeared to be under the influence.”

Police said they ordered him to get out of his car, which he did but then “physically resisted officers.” The department added that “officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress.”

Mayor Frey took to Twitter in the middle of the night, urging people to refrain from further violence. “Please, Minneapolis, we cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy,” he posted. “The area along Lake has become unsafe. We are asking for your help in keeping the peace tonight.”

Broken glass and golf clubs were scattered across East Lake Street in south Minneapolis on Thursday morning following the destructive showdown between protestors and police. Some rioters broke into stores and set them on fire.

Minneapolis Police received assistance overnight from the Minnesota State Patrol, St. Paul Police and Metro Transit police officers, as buildings went up in flames, including a local AutoZone.

Numerous businesses, including fast-food restaurants and banks, were ransacked by the time the sun rose Thursday morning.

One building that was under construction was incinerated overnight.

“I’m imploring our city, imploring our community, imploring every one of us to keep the peace. Let’s honor George Floyd’s memory,” Mayor Frey told NBC-affiliate KARE in a phone interview.

According to police, one person was in custody in relation to a shooting death near the site of the riots. Officers responded to a report of a stabbing at 9:05 p.m. and found a man who wasn’t breathing lying on the sidewalk, police said in a statement Thursday morning.

Power outages affected the area near the riots. Xcel Energy reported that approximately 2,700 customers were affected by the outages.