As the protests over the death of George Floyd entered their third day, it extended into St. Paul, downtown Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs well into the night.
The day started looking at the destruction done in the Lake Street area of Minneapolis after 16 fires were started and business all the way to uptown were looted.
Later Thursday morning in St. Paul protesters took over businesses between University and Snelling. Looting and assault on police officers with rocks and other debris. There was a large standoff between protesters and police officers at the Midway Target location.
Later in the afternoon, downtown Minneapolis prepared for the night ahead. A peaceful protest was scheduled for 5 pm at the Hennepin County Government Center Plaza, but the area was preparing for violet protests also.
There was some promise to start the evening in Minneapolis with the peaceful protest at the Hennepin County Government Center Plaza.
But then the situation started to deteriorate in downtown Minneapolis.
And then Minneapolis Police gave up the third precinct building.
After that happened, looting became more widespread from downtown Minneapolis to St. Paul.