A Minneapolis cop is in recovery after an apparent looter threw a garbage can lid, hitting him directly in the neck. The incident took place on Wednesday night.
Protesters flooded the streets of Minneapolis after a false report surfaced claiming a police officer fatally shot a Black man. Video of the incident with the protester striking the cop with the trash can lid broadcast on Facebook Live. The clip shows looters going in and out of a Walgreens while others gather in the street.
The footage shows a uniformed Minneapolis cop walking to his patrol vehicle when a garbage can lid comes flying in from out of frame. The lid, moving at a high velocity, strikes the officer on the neck, knocking him to the ground.
The officer then radios for help, prompting two cops to show up providing aid. As the officer lies on the ground, the crowd can be heard cheering.
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A spokesperson with the Minneapolis Police Department says the officer’s injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.
On Thursday, Chief Medaria Arradondo said in regard to the incident, “We can’t have that.”
In response to the riots and looting, Mayor Jacob Frey put a curfew into effect. The mayor activated the Minneapolis Police, the Minnesota State Patrol, and the Minnesota National Guard.
The unrest in the city started around 7 p.m. in the downtown area after the rumor circulated that a police officer shot and killed a man. However, video later released shows that the man died by suicide. The man was a suspect from a homicide taking place earlier in the day. As officers closed in on him, the man shot himself.
Just before 11 p.m., the Minnesota Governor Tim Walz held a press conference. He said, “If you are downtown at this point in time, you will be arrested.”