Protesters burned a building belonging to the American multinational financial services company Wells Fargo as the riot police fired tear gas to disperse the angry crowd in Minneapolis on Friday.
The riots escalated in Nicollet and Lake blocks where rioters looted and set fire to Wells Fargo and the surrounding buildings belonging to a mall complex.
«I'd have been beaten by a cop for not pulling my hands out of my pocket. So I know where you are coming from,» a protester said in light of the recent killing 46-year-old-African-American George Floyd.
«This is what you get when you don't hold other cops accountable and when you let them kill other people,» another protester added pointing out to the flames behind him. «When you let them kill us. When you let them put their knees on us and their knees on our back.»
Some locals stood watch outside their businesses asking for a truce. «I am letting you guys know, that this is not going to fix nothing,» A local explained. «Literally I was raised and born in Mercado Central. This hurts. When you guys break it, it hurts. It honestly hurts. It's not making nothing better. You guys have to protect everything,» she added.
Floyd was a 46-year-old black man who died in Minneapolis earlier last week after a police officer knelt on his neck for more than seven minutes as he was saying «I can't breathe» and «Don't kill me.»
Four officers involved in the incident have since been fired.
The police officer directly responsible for Floyds' death was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday.