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Hundreds of state patrol officers staged in the nearby Kmart parking lot before heading towards protesters near 31st and Nicollet around 10:30 p.m. Local reporters overheard law enforcement orders to disperse and say they would arrest those who stayed. FOX 9 has reached out to law enforcement to obtain an official number for the amount arrested, but that number has not yet been released.
The video on social media shows at least one protester throwing obvious fireworks at the 5th district building.
Protests took place on Wednesday in response to former officer Derek Chauvin being released on bail. Chauvin was the officer who held his knee by George Floyd’s neck during his arrest. Chauvin was charged with second degree murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. After Chauvin’s release, Governor Tim Walz activated the Minnesota National Guard to assist with law enforcement. upon request of the city.
In the early evening, activists gathered for a vigil on the 38th and in Chicago at the George Floyd memorial. After the vigil, protesters marched into downtown Minneapolis and returned to the memorial. Protesters expressed frustration that chauvin had been offered bail at all, arguing that many in the system were not being offered the same opportunity.