Overnight Minneapolis burned and violence has erupted across the nation in response to a controversial police killing.
Our TKC blog community was FIRST to talk about the upcoming KCMO protest this weekend . . . And even a quick peek at social media signals that this cowtown confronts many of the same issues that have inspired outrage on American streets.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS CONFRONTS HIS GREATEST CHALLENGE AS THE THREAT OF CIVIL UNREST RISES IN THE URBAN CORE & THE PLAZA!!!
So far the call to local protest has been PEACEFUL and that's encouraging . . . But the Minneapolis protest also started out that way.
Last time around when outrage over the deaths of Trayvon Martin & Michael Brown ignited local unrest, former Mayor Sly, then KCPD Chief Forté and even the KCPS Superintendent worked to calm potential protesters and encourage peaceful expressions of solidarity.
This time the nation seems angrier, more frustrated and less inclined to accept intelligent arguments about effective social justice advoacy . . . So many seem ready to burn something down to make their point.
Whilst we hope Mayor Q can rise to the occasion and local violence can be avoided, here's a roundup of how the situation quickly spiraled out of control last night:
Rioters Burn Police Station
The Third Precinct police station in Minneapolis was set ablaze Thursday night as violent protests continued in the city -- and other cities across the U.S. -- following Monday's death of George Floyd, a black man who died while in police custody.
National Guard Called In
Minnesota is sending more than 500 National Guard soldiers to Minneapolis and surrounding areas as protests erupted for a third night over the death of a black man while in police custody.
Fireworks & Cheers Celebrated Police Station In Flames
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Cheering protesters torched a Minneapolis police station Thursday that the department was forced to abandon as three days of violent protests spread to nearby St. Paul and angry demonstrations flared across the U.S over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer kneeled on his neck.
Anger Across USA
George Floyd's family attorney Benjamin Crump told CNN's Alisyn Camerota that the Floyd family is waiting for the medical examiner's office to complete their autopsy so they can "give him a proper funeral and also to have an independent autopsy because they do not trust...the city of Minneapolis."
Prez Trump Tweets Tough Talk
As fires set by protesters outraged over the death of George Floyd burned in Minneapolis early Friday, President Donald Trump warned, "When the looting starts, the shooting starts." He threatened to call in the National Guard, called the protesters demanding justice in Floyd's in-custody death thugs and criticized Mayor Jacob Frey for losing control over the city.
Twitter Rebukes Prez Trump Statements Second Time
Twitter on Friday announced that a tweet by President Donald Trump glorified violence and violated the company's policies. The company did not remove the tweet, however.
U.S.A. Civil Unrest Worsens
Riots have erupted in cities across America following the death of unarmed and handcuffed George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer. Chaos fell on Minneapolis, Minnesota this week after footage emerged of Mr Floyd gasping for air as Derek Chauvin pinned him to the floor and knelt on his neck.
Developing . . .