Protesters breached and burned a Minneapolis police precinct on Thursday night as unrest continued to rock the city following the death of George Floyd.Flames caused officers to evacuate the station. Thousands of demonstrators continued to march through the streets throughout the night, demanding that the police officers, who have since been fired, involved in Floyd’s death be charged with murder.John Elder, a spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct, told NBC News that the building was cleared around 10 p.m. on Thursday.Shortly after, demonstrators forced their way inside and “ignited several fires,” Elder said.Mayor Jacob Frey said early Friday morning that he pulled police out of the precinct.”You know brick and mortar is not as important as life,” he said.Frey, who has called for the arrest of the officers involved in Floyd’s death, called the vandalism and arson “unacceptable.””We will continue to do our jobs in that area,” Frey said, adding that 3rd Precinct officers will continue their patrols.Protestors light the Minneapolis 3rd precinct ablaze #minneapolisriots #Minneapolis— Zach Boyden-Holmes (@Boydenphoto) May 29, 2020The 3rd precinct building is now on fire. Rioters are celebrating and posing for pictures in front of the flames.— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) May 29, 2020This developing report will be updated.
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