In St. Paul and Minneapolis, hundreds join in second night of protests


Protesters took to the streets for a second night Thursday to decry the release of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd on May 25.

The rallies — one in St. Paul, one in Minneapolis — came on the heels of a march Wednesday night in south Minneapolis that ended when 51 people were arrested near the Police Department’s Fifth Precinct headquarters.

As of 10:15 p.m. Thursday, the rallies appeared to have wrapped up, and no one had been arrested.

At the St. Paul event, dubbed the Secret March, hundreds of people, including family members of Minnesotans killed by police, marched down University Avenue to the State Capitol.

The march was organized by the Justice Squad, Visual Black Justice, Families Supporting Families Against Police Violence and the 10K Foundation.

Former NBA player Royce White, a march organizer,said its message was “that the state has human lives, deaths, murders, on their hands, and this is a symbol of the state’s authority here in Minnesota. And so we brought our sorrows and pains to their doorsteps to leave.”

The marchers carried signs bearing the names of 100 people killed by police in Minnesota, along with five coffins and a sign that said, “Who will be next?”

“That’s the feeling amongst the people right now,” said White. “Obviously we are extremely dissatisfied with the decision to release Derek Chauvin on bond.”

In Minneapolis, several hundred people gathered outside the Hennepin County Government Center for a protest organized by the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar, Black Lives Matter Minnesota and other activist organizations.

Standing on the center’s steps, speakers called for Chauvin to be taken back into custody as Aztec dancers from Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli circled two drum players.

The crowd chanted, “Say his name! George Floyd!” and “No justice, no peace!”

Chauvin shouldn’t have been given the option of bail, the protesters said. They also decried the arrests of people involved in protests over Floyd’s death over the past few months.

After the rally, the protesters marched around downtown Minneapolis, chanting, “Black power!” and “Native lives and trans lives, they matter here!”

Chauvin left Oak Park Heights prison Wednesday after posting bail on a $1 million bond. In anticipation of unrest, Gov. Tim Walz activated the Minnesota National Guard and mobilized 100 State Patrol troopers and 75 Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officers to help local law enforcement.

Chauvin, who has been fired, was initially booked into the Ramsey County jail after being charged and then moved to the state prison. He is charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

On Wednesday evening, about 300 people marched from the site where Floyd died a few blocks north and then back. Some of the marchers made their way to the Fifth Precinct, where many of the 51 arrests took place.

Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said 49 of the arrests were for misdemeanor offenses. The Hennepin County jail log showed many were cited for unlawful assembly. One person was arrested for fourth-degree assault and one other on a felony warrant.

The state Department of Public Safety said 24 of the overall arrests were made by the State Patrol and another 10 by DNR officers. 612-673-7329 612-673-1781

Rallies in St. Paul, Minneapolis after former MPD officer Derek Chauvin posts bond

By David Griswold KARE 11

Protesters gathered outside the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis Thursday evening after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin posted bond Wednesday.

Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd’s death after bystander video showed him with his knee on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes.

A rally also happened in St. Paul just outside the State Capitol.

Hundreds also gathered at the George Floyd Memorial on Wednesday night and marched through the streets of south Minneapolis. According to Minneapolis police, 51 people were arrested during Wednesday night’s demonstration — 49 misdemeanors, one for a felony warrant, one for probable cause fourth-degree assault.

Chauvin’s bail was set in June at $1.25 million or $1 million with conditions. Court records show he posted non-cash bond of $1 million on Wednesday, Oct. 7. A Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said Chauvin was released from custody at 11:22 a.m.

Crowd protests Breonna Taylor decision with march through downtown Minneapolis

By KARE11 Staff

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — A crowd marched through downtown Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon, protesting a Kentucky grand jury’s decision in the police killing of Breonna Taylor. 

It’s one of many protests across the country after the grand jury indicted a single officer, Det. Brett Hankison, with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, and no officer was criminally charged for killing Taylor. 

Protesters march for Breonna Taylor

KAREProtesters brought flowers in Breonna Taylor’s memory.

The march was organized by the 10K Foundation, a group that formed after the killing of George Floyd. 

“Today I’m out here as you are covering 10K but I’m also out here as a Black woman that knows that that very well could’ve been me,” said Bridgette Stewart, who works for KMOJ and is also part of the 10K Foundation. “We’ve gotta start recognizing not just the woman but the Black woman.” 

The march was called “Red Sunday.” Organizers said they left a trail of washable red paint on the streets of downtown Minneapolis to represent the blood that’s been shed without justice. Flowers were also placed on the streets for Breonna Taylor.

Taylor was shot and killed in her home on March 13 when Louisville Metro police officers served a no-knock warrant related to a narcotics investigation.

The three officers identified in Taylor’s death are Hankison, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove. All were placed on administrative reassignment following the shooting. Hankison has since been fired for his actions the night of Taylor’s death. Mattingly and Cosgrove remain on administrative reassignment.

According to the Associated Press, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Sgt. Mattingly and Det. Cosgrove were “justified in their use of force.”

Cameron said that six bullets struck Taylor. The fatal shot was fired by Det. Cosgrove, Cameron said.

Hankison, the officer who was indicted on wanton endangerment charges, fired his weapon 10 times. Cameron said no evidence shows his bullets struck Taylor.

Ndow said about the decision, “It’s sad to say that we didn’t get it [justice] but that’s why we’re here. We’re going to keep doing it until we get that change.” 

‘Red Sunday’: Marchers Take To Minneapolis Streets to Demand Justice For Breonna Taylor

By Kate Raddatz CBS4 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Demands for racial justice and equality echoed through downtown Minneapolis Sunday, as hundreds turned out in support of Breonna Taylor.

Louisville police shot and killed the 26-year-old woman in March, when officers went to her home looking for someone else who wasn’t there.

As a fan less U.S. Bank Stadium hosted a Minnesota Vikings game Sunday, there was a call for justice just across the street. The rally and march sought to place attention on the importance of Taylor’s life, and the importance of Black lives. Mason Ndow was one of the participants.

“All my friends, they’re watching the game today, so it’s like I gotta be the one to make change,” Ndow said.

The event was organized by the 10K Foundation. Royce White is one of the group’s members.

“I think people have to really decide here and now what they want their lives to be individually, and what their vision for America really looks like, and then decide what it will take to achieve those things,” White said.

The event comes four days after it was announced the police involved in Taylor’s death would not face murder charges.

“The decision seems somewhat of a mockery,” White said.

The protest began with chanting, music and speakers. A woman named Heather brought her family along, including her two children along.

“I think it’s really important we show up united about reforming our justice system, and I think it’s more important that white people show up and ally ourselves with what’s changing in America,” Heather said.

The crowd made their way down 7th Street to the iconic First Avenue concert venue, where flowers were placed on the road. Organizers called the day “Red Sunday.”

“Today is going to represent blood spilled without justice,” White said.

The march stopped at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis with a die-in. Protestors said they would not give up on justice for Taylor.

One of the officers involved in Taylor’s death does face three counts from the raid, for firing into an adjacent apartment.

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