Store looted in wake of protests in Falcon Heights, Minnesota

A Minnesota store was looted for several hours Friday, with as many as 30 people breaking in and ransacking electronics, the store’s manager and Minneapolis Police Department said.

“At this time, we do not have any suspects,” Officer John Elder said. “The investigation into the incident is ongoing.”

He added that by late afternoon, a large group of around 20 to 30 suspects, most wearing masks, were running from the scene. None were found, he said.

This was the latest in a series of violent protests over the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile, a black man, by a Minnesota police officer in July.

Police released the dashcam video of the traffic stop on Tuesday. The footage revealed the extent of Castile’s wounds after he was shot.

Protests erupted over the video, as well as Tuesday’s acquittal of the officer. The unrest is spreading as protests have turned violent, leading police to fire beanbags at protesters and arrest some.

On Friday, four people were arrested when protesting gathered in the suburb of Falcon Heights, which is next to Castile’s home.

In one particularly violent protest, a fire burned in front of the Chief Ramon Diaz’s home as protestors burned a vehicle.

“We continue to work closely with our state and local law enforcement partners in an effort to identify and arrest all those responsible for the recent violent incidents,” Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said in a statement.

She added that the company is “fully cooperating with ongoing investigations.”

Still, Target officials are considering whether the store may reopen, adding that they would “make the decision to reopen following consultation with community stakeholders, local law enforcement, Target team members and other experts.”


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