Police Shoot Armed Fugitive in Minneapolis Leading to Protests

June 4, 2021

Police Shoot Armed Fugitive in Minneapolis Leading to Protests

The city of Minneapolis is burning again after the latest incident involving police and an armed fugitive. On Thursday, police shoot and killed a man who was a criminal and was defending himself with a handgun.

This has caused angry protestors to take to the streets to burn and loot the city.

The Shooting

When a criminal has a gun and is not abiding by police orders, officers have the right to use lethal force. There is no reason why an officer should put their life in additional danger when dealing with an armed criminal.

Members of the US Marshals task force tried to arrest the criminal at 2:00 PM on a state warrant for owning a firearm. After the arrest, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department spoke to the media. The department was part of the task force.

“During the incident, the subject, who was in a parked car, failed to comply and produced a handgun resulting in task force members firing upon the subject.”

The man who was killed was identified as 32-year-old Winston Boogie Smith. Smith was found guilty of aggravated robbery in 2017. He was sent to jail before being released on probation. Also, he couldn’t have a firearm when he was on probation.

He skipped his probation violation hearing in May, which should have resulted in an automatic jail sentence. This caused the state to issue a warrant for his arrest.

Paramedics attempted to save Smith, but it was too late. He was declared dead on the scene. The woman who Smith had in his car was slightly injured from shattered glass.

The Department of Homeland Security and the Hennepin County officers were assigned to the warrant.

Protests Ensue in Minneapolis

Lethal action is an officer’s last resort. Smith pointed a handgun at the officers, so they were given the right to shoot. Many protestors did not feel that this was the case, and they took the streets of Minneapolis.

Protests were shouting anti-cop slurs and throwing things at the police. This caused the police to issue a boundary where protestors could not enter. Videos showed the streets of Minneapolis burning in a similar manner to the George Floyd protests from last year.

Police utilized flashbangs, but countless stores were still looted. There were too many protestors and not enough police to dismantle the situation. It was also revealed that protest organizers responded to the riots before they knew what had happened with the shooting.

The heart of the protests were three miles from where George Floyd’s death occurred. The interesting part about these riots is that the crowds dwindled when the news of the shooting was released.

When the media stated that Smith was a criminal who pulled a gun on police, people returned to their homes and stopped burning the streets. A lot of damage had been done at this time, but some protestors realized that the officers had the right to utilize lethal force.

The city is trying to enforce more police zones over the next few days to ensure that the riots stop.

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