A woman was killed and three people were injured when a car crashed into a group of protesters in the Minneapolis neighborhood where a black man was shot dead this month during an attempted arrest. the police said Monday.
Just before midnight on Sunday, The suspect drove a car into the crowd And the He was pulled out of the car The Minneapolis Police Department said on Twitter before her arrest. A police statement said an initial investigation indicated drug or alcohol abuse by the driver may have contributed to the accident.
A woman was declared dead in hospital after the accident, and three people were treated and discharged from non-life-threatening injuries.
“I’ve never seen anything so awful,” said Zachary James, 28. New York times At the scene of the accident, where several people stayed for hours. “I watched her body fly.”
The police did not identify the driver or the victims, but Garrett Knydck told Star Tribune That his sister Diona M. Knajidk was one of the women who were murdered. Knajdik said his sister, who is a mother of two daughters, was going to celebrate her 32nd birthday on Wednesday and was passionate about social justice.
“She (always) was sacrificing herself for everyone around her, no matter the cost,” he said.
The city has been on the brink since his death George Floyd More than a year ago, the police fatal shooting Down Right During the trial of a former police officer in Minneapolis Derek Chauvin, who was convicted on all counts of Floyd’s murder. There have been multiple protests in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis after Winston Smith Jr., a 32-year-old black and father of three, He was shot dead by two sheriff’s deputies June 3rd.
The representatives, one from Hennepin County and the other from Ramsey County, were part of a US Marshals service task force that was trying to arrest Smith on a warrant for illegal firearm possession, according to a statement from the agency. The statement said Smith, who was parked in a car, “failed to comply with officers’ orders” and “produced a pistol resulting in task force members firing on the subject.”
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The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Arrests, which is leading the investigation into the shooting, said a handgun and empty cartridge found inside the car indicated Smith also fired his rifle. A woman who was with Smith He said through her lawyer She never saw Smith display a gun.
The Smith family and the protesters They demanded transparency and the release of any video of the shooting, but the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Arrests said it was not aware of any video of the incident, and the names of the deputies. They will not be released because they were working undercover.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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