Last Updated on February 17, 2022
On Tuesday night a second round of riots and looting took place in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, which is not far from the riot-and-crime-ridden city of Minneapolis. Footage of Dollar Tree and other storefronts being burglarized in act of civil protest against racial injustice circulated online, and gunshots were routinely heard in the distance.
A few stores in Brooklyn Center were left unmolested, however: businesses guarded out front by armed civilians.
Despite calls to violent “revolution” by looters, they did not appear interested in a confrontation with determined shopkeepers.
Some Brooklyn Center stores are being protected by civilians with firearms. The looters have stayed away from these places. pic.twitter.com/fAcmYFxLG6
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) April 13, 2021
As National File previously reported, many local businesses were also ransacked during Sunday night’s riots:
The situation in the Minneapolis area has continued to deteriorate since riots began late Sunday afternoon. Multiple videos of rioting, looting, and general mayhem have spread across social media, sparked by a police officer shooting a man after he was discovered to be subject to an arrest warrant during a traffic stop, and then attempted to flee police.
Several area businesses in Minneapolis and nearby Brooklyn Center were trashed and looted after the police shooting left a man wanted for arrest dead and his female passenger in the hospital due to wounds sustained in the brief car chase. Stores looted included a Walmart, CVS, Footlocker, Little Caesars and what appear to be several local businesses.
After several hours of sustained violence, police officially acknowledged the riot and began employing crowd control measures including tear gas and flash bangs to disperse the throngs of rioters.