There has been nightly rioting in Minneapolis over the past week, and the city council wants to make it easier for the rioters and ordered police and the National Guard to stop using pepper spray, tear gas and non-lethal rubber bullets to stop the burning of the city.
The Western Journal reports:
As the Twin Cities area faces a round of rioting even before the verdict in the case of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer accused of murdering George Floyd while he was in police custody, the Minneapolis City Council is demanding police not use non-lethal riot control tools.
In an 11-1 vote Friday, the council passed a resolution opposing use of “less lethal” methods of crowd control like tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
The move comes as the nearby city of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, has been engulfed in violent protests for the better part of a week following the apparently accidental shooting death of motorist Daunte Wright.
KMSP-TV reported that 3,000 National Guard troops have been dispatched to the area and have used crowd dispersal methods like gas and non-lethal munitions on rioters.