Mayhem in south Minneapolis as George Floyd protests extend into day 2

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Protesters looted Target, Cub Foods, and a Lake Street liquor store while setting Autozone ablaze, as Minneapolis Police officers rained down chemical irritant and stun grenades to try and disperse the crowd.

The second day of protests calling for justice for George Floyd devolved after hours of peaceful protest outside the MPD 3rd precinct. 

At one point in the afternoon community activists from MAD DADs took the mic to plead for peace and respectful protests.

"You gotta be willing to work through the process," Pastor Brian Herron told an attentive audience. "Don't you know the system process is denied to make you quit, to make you feel in despair so that you quit and you turn on each other and you devour each other while they continue to do what they do."

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Late afternoon peaceful protest:

Interesting dynamic and growing crowd with Mad Dads van and mic advocating for peaceful protest.“I understand emotions are running high” but we’re “tearing up” our own community. “We got to be a little bit smarter than that and be an example.” pic.twitter.com/Q9nxA0YQnY

— Sloane Martin (@SloaneMartin) May 27, 2020

Around 5:30, the demeanor changed:

Happening now at 3rd precinct @wccoradio pic.twitter.com/BICkwgr0fY

— Sloane Martin (@SloaneMartin) May 27, 2020

And it escalated throughout the night:

South Minneapolis pic.twitter.com/jTPC5gvAur

— Libor Jany (@StribJany) May 28, 2020

Officers on the roof of the precinct have been firing flash grenades and other projectiles into crowd. pic.twitter.com/riE0dPbuWB

— Ricardo Lopez (@rljourno) May 28, 2020

Looting underway at Minnehaha Lake Wine and Spirits across from 3rd Precinct. #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/8vxNu4rUoP

— Aaron Lavinsky (@ADLavinsky) May 28, 2020

The inside of the Target is smoky; people are trying to break into the cash registers. Alarm is blaring pic.twitter.com/qfd97sfNTr

— Ricardo Lopez (@rljourno) May 28, 2020

Autozone fire by 3rd Precinct growing fast. People giving wide latitude now for safety pic.twitter.com/zAlb96hu3d

— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) May 28, 2020

A fire was started at AutoZone. Some protesters attempted to extinguish it some posed for photos. pic.twitter.com/1EGwTPrUTq

— Carlos Gonzalez (@CarlosGphoto) May 28, 2020

Police line in front of protestors. Tense situation. pic.twitter.com/q6bkTITMF0

— Ricardo Lopez (@rljourno) May 28, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz called for peace:

That’s why I’m pushing for a full, fair, and expeditious investigation that will bring us closer to justice. We must continue to examine and address the systemic inequities and discrimination that led to this incident and far too many that have come before.

— Governor Tim Walz (@GovTimWalz) May 28, 2020

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U of M president Joan Gabel announced the university was cutting some ties with MPD:

Message from @JoanGabel, president of the University of Minnesota. #UMNProud pic.twitter.com/79NbECjQVX

— UMN SPH Student Senate (@umnsphsenate) May 28, 2020

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St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell asked his officers to reflect on the video of Geogre Floyd writing that if officers said they wouldn't have done something differently, "I told them to reconsider their career choice."