Clean-up begins after a night of civil unrest in Minneapolis

By 830 WCCO
After a night of civil unrest and looting, downtown Minneapolis begins to pick up the pieces and clean-up. 

Cleanup underway this morning all along the Nicollet Mall in downtown MPLS. Crews here are removing windows outside the downtown Target headquarters.

— Mark Freie (@MarkFreie) August 27, 2020

Several buildings had windows broken, along with other damages including Target, Nordstrom Rack, Walgreens, Saks off 5th, Foot Locker and Britt's Pub which was also set on fire.

If not for the alarm buzzing at Brit’s Pub, it’s pretty quiet downtown this morning. Glass shards everywhere and trash, fire sprinklers still on. News crews out early reporting as the curfew is lifted.

— Kim Hyatt (@kimvhyatt) August 27, 2020

Mayor Jacob Frey instituted a curfew just before 10:00p.m. Wednesday night, and Governor Walz issued an order that allowed the deployment of the National Guard.  It took authorities several hours to clear the streets and restore order to Downtown Minneapolis.

The cleanup from looting in downtown Minneapolis @kstp

— Eric Chaloux (@EChalouxKSTP) August 27, 2020

The city's curfew expired at 6:00a.m. Thursday morning, but the clean-up is beginning for many of the downtown businesses that are now knocking out shattered windows, and boarding them up. 

Gene Martin works at Walgreens on Nicollet Mall.  He tells WCCO it's deja vu all over again.  "I just don't understand how people can do this.  What has this got to do with George Floyd?  I mean, people work here.  People rely on us for their medications."  

WCCO's Mark Freie reports that Target employees told him they planned to still open Thursday at noon, saying the damage there was minimal.  

Good morning Minnesota. I am in downtown Minneapolis this morning. I walked from City Hall to Nicollet Mall. Things look & feel pretty normal. Graffiti, shattered windows & signs of looting around some storefronts. I have seen a few police but nothing out of the ordinary.

— Shannon Prather (@ShannonMPrather) August 27, 2020

Other buildings that were damaged include Avis, Caribou Coffee, Chipotle, CVS, Haskell's Wines & Spirits, Hen House Restaurant, Lotus Restaurant, Ruth's Chris Steak House, The Devil's Advocate, The Newsroom, YWCA Nicollet Mall, and Zelo.

The unrest started after a police murder suspect, who allegedly committed a homocide in a parking ramp, shot himself at Nicollet Mall and 8th Street.  Initially thinking the suspect was shot by police, a crowd gathered and it spiraled out of control throughout the evening.  

On Wednesday, preliminary records released by the MPD show a majority of the arrests Wednesday night and Thursday morning were from outside Minneapolis:
  • 25% Minneapolis
  • 29% St. Paul
  • 43% Other cities