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Warning issued that Minneapolis police station stormed by rioters could EXPLODE after gas lines are cut in third night of violence as protests over George Floyd's death spread across the U.S.

Minneapolis declares a state of emergency as protests over George Floyd's death spread

  • Flames billowed out of the Minneapolis Third Police Precinct Thursday night after rioters stormed it
  • Cops were forced to escape the building after it was torched by protesters 
  • 500 National Guard troops arrived at Minneapolis and St. Paul's in the third night of violence  
  • Protests over George Floyd's death are spreading across America in Denver, Ohio and NYC 
  • NYPD officers were seen brawling on the ground with protesters and at least 70 people were arrested
  • In Denver, shots were fired at the Colorado State Capitol where hundreds had marched to demand justice
  • Gunfire rung out in downtown Louisville during a protest demanding justice for black woman Breonna Taylor who was shot dead by cops back in March 
  • A black car was also seen ramming a Black Lives Matter protester in Denver  
  • Footage surfaced Monday showing white cop Derek Chauvin kneeling on the black man's neck until he passed out and later died
  • Prosecutors warned Thursday there is 'evidence that does not support criminal charges' in the case of four cops accused of killing George Floyd, as they say police can use a 'certain amount of force - but not excessive'
    New York City, New York: A protester is detained by police during a rally against the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd

Officials have warned that a Minneapolis police station which was stormed by rioters and set alight could now explode after gas lines were cut during the third night of violence in the city as protests over George Floyd's death spread across America. 

Cops were forced to flee from the burning Minneapolis Third Police Precinct Thursday night when rioters rioters broke into the building and torched it.

Shocking footage showed flames billowing out of the Minneapolis Third Police Precinct Thursday night just hours after prosecutors warned Thursday there is 'evidence that does not support criminal charges' in the case of four cops accused of killing Floyd, sparking fears that the police officers will continue to walk free. 

A total of 500 National Guard soldiers were deployed to the streets of Minneapolis Thursday night and Mayor Jacob Frey declared a state of emergency due to civil disturbances as fires broke out again across the city. 

In New York, NYPD officers were seen brawling on the ground with protesters as at least 70 people were arrested in the Big Apple. 

Over in Kentucky, gunfire rung out in downtown Louisville during a protest demanding justice for black woman Breonna Taylor who was shot dead by cops back in March.

Meanwhile, protesters in Ohio smashed the windows of the statehouse in downtown Columbus and raided the building.  

Minneapolis, Minnesota: Flames billowed out of the Minneapolis Third Police Precinct Thursday night after rioters stormed it

Minneapolis, Minnesota: Flames billowed out of the Minneapolis Third Police Precinct Thursday night after rioters stormed it

Minneapolis, Minnesota: The police building is engulfed in flames as rioters took over the building and set it alight

Minneapolis, Minnesota: The police building is engulfed in flames as rioters took over the building and set it alight

Minneapolis, Minnesota: A mob descended upon Minneapolis Third Precinct, smashing windows before setting the building on fire during the second night of violent protests

Minneapolis, Minnesota: A mob descended upon Minneapolis Third Precinct, smashing windows before setting the building on fire during the second night of violent protests

Minneapolis, Minnesota: People gather outside the police department building with their fists in the air as they watched it burn down
Minneapolis, Minnesota: People gather outside the police department building with their fists in the air as they watched it burn down
Minneapolis, Minnesota: Protesters take over the Minneapolis police 3rd Precinct building Thursday
Minneapolis, Minnesota: Shocking footage showed flames billowing out of the Minneapolis Third Police Precinct Thursday night after rioters broke into the building and torched it
Minneapolis, Minnesota: Cops have been forced to flee from the burning Minneapolis police precinct (above) as rioters stormed the building and set it alight during the third night of violence in the city as protests over George Floyd's death spread across America

Minneapolis, Minnesota: Cops have been forced to flee from the burning Minneapolis police precinct (above) as rioters stormed the building and set it alight during the third night of violence in the city as protests over George Floyd's death spread across America

Minneapolis, Minnesota: Protesters broke into the police precinct at around 10p.m. local time and set fires inside

Minneapolis, Minnesota: Protesters broke into the police precinct at around 10p.m. local time and set fires inside

Minneapolis, Minnesota: Minneapolis Police released a statement saying that officers had fled the scene

Minneapolis city officials are urging protesters and residents to flee the scene of the Third Police Precinct as gas lines have been cut and 'other explosive materials are in the building’, sparking fears the building could explode.

Protesters broke into the police precinct at around 10p.m. local time, smashing up windows and setting fires inside. 

Minneapolis Police released a statement saying that officers had fled the scene: 'In the interest of the safety of our personnel, the Minneapolis Police Department evacuated the 3rd Precinct of its staff. Protesters forcibly entered the building and have ignited several fires.'  

As law enforcement buckled under the strain of the escalating civil unrest, the Minnesota National Guard announced that around 500 soldiers are heading to Minneapolis and nearby St. Paul which has also fallen foul of rioting and looting. 

Carnage spread across the US Thursday night in the wake of Floyd's death as the public grow increasingly frustrated that still no arrests have been made.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz activated the National Guard to Minneapolis and state troopers were called in as the city was rocked by another night of violence. 

Minneapolis Mayor Frey called for a declaration of local emergency as the city requested assistance from the state in 'restoring safety and calm due to the civil disturbance'.

The emergency declaration will stay in place for 72 hours and allows officials to deploy emergency regulations with immediate effect. 

Officials desperately called for the presence of authorities to be ramped up as protesters came out for a third day Thursday in what has been escalating levels of violence and chaos across the city.  

Denver, Colorado: Shocking footage has emerged showing a driver appear to deliberately mow down a demonstrator in Denver as rioting breaks out for the third night in Minneapolis

Denver, Colorado: Shocking footage has emerged showing a driver appear to deliberately mow down a demonstrator in Denver as rioting breaks out for the third night in Minneapolis

Denver, Colorado: The car veers toward him before speeding up and hitting the man. The man gets to his feet as the car drives off chased by protesters.

Denver, Colorado: The car veers toward him before speeding up and hitting the man. The man gets to his feet as the car drives off chased by protesters.

Minneapolis, Minnesota: A car was torched in the third day of riots over Floyd's death

Minneapolis, Minnesota: A car was torched in the third day of riots over Floyd's death

Minneapolis, Minnesota: There were scenes of destruction in the city Thursday night as Floyd's death sparked outrage

Minneapolis, Minnesota: There were scenes of destruction in the city Thursday night as Floyd's death sparked outrage

Minneapolis, Minnesota: A man throws a mannequin onto a burning car in the parking lot of a Target store

Minneapolis, Minnesota: A man throws a mannequin onto a burning car in the parking lot of a Target store

Minneapolis, Minnesota: A police officer stands in a cloud of tear gas during the protest

Minneapolis, Minnesota: A police officer stands in a cloud of tear gas during the protest

Minneapolis, Minnesota: Fires broke out again in stores and cars across the city

Footage showed the Target store being the location for much of the rioting for another day as rioters were seen hurling the retailer's shopping karts at a police cruiser in the store parking lot. 

As night fell, a man was pictured throwing a mannequin onto a burning car in the parking lot as smoke filled the city. 

Police in riot gear hit out at protesters again with tear gas sprayed into the crowds.

In the nearby St. Paul's region of Minnesota, rioters threw rocks and stones at a cop car and it was left smashed up with a tree branch ripping through the windows.  

Protests ramped up across the nation Thursday as anger grows that four days on from Floyd's death no arrests have been made.  

New York City, New York: A protester is detained by police during a rally against the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd

New York City, New York: A protester is detained by police during a rally against the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd

New York City, New York: Things turned ugly in Union Square in the Big Apple with scenes of NYPD officers and protesters clashing

New York City, New York: Things turned ugly in Union Square in the Big Apple with scenes of NYPD officers and protesters clashing 

New York City, New York: A woman is one of around 70 people arrested by police officers in Manhattan

New York City, New York: A woman is one of around 70 people arrested by police officers in Manhattan

New York City, New York: Officers pin a protester to the floor at the Black Lives matter protest Thursday
New York City, New York: NYPD officers wear masks at the protest in Manhattan

New York City, New York: NYPD officers wear masks at the protest in Manhattan

New York City, New York: NYPD officers were later seen brawling on the ground with protesters and at least 30 people were arrested in the Big Apple

In Denver, what started as a peaceful march calling for justice over Floyd's death descended into chaos as shots were fired and the driver of a black SUV appeared to deliberately run over a Black Lives Matter protester.

Footage on social media showed the car making its way through a group of protesters in the road. 

As the vehicle gets through the crowd one protester is seen on the hood, before jumping off.

The man is then walking away as the car changes direction before it veers toward him and accelerates, in what appears to be an intentional move to hit the man.

Onlookers are heard screaming 'watch out' as the shocked protester tumbles to the floor.

The man gets to his feet as the car drives off chased by protesters.    

This came as police were called to respond to the rally at the state Capitol after witnesses reported six or seven shots had been fired. 

Terrified demonstrators were pictured huddled down on the ground fearing there was an active shooter at the event as armed officers ran past. 

Denver police said there were no reports of any injuries and no one had been taken into police custody.

Several hundred people had gathered at the state Capitol before marching down Lincoln Street and Broadway where they blocked traffic.  

Things turned ugly in the Big Apple as protesters and NYPD officers clashed in Manhattan, New York City. 

More than 70 people were arrested when the demonstration in Union Square descended into violence.  

The NYPD said several cops had been attacked by demonstrators, according to Newsweek

One officer was reportedly hit with a garbage can that was hurled at them by a demonstrator while several protesters allegedly spat on the cops. 

Police said one of the protestors was arrested for brandishing a knife while another tried to take a police officer's gun from their holster.  

'We have over 40 people that are arrested right now in regards to this ongoing demonstration,' an NYPD spokesperson told Newsweek. 

New York City, New York: The NYPD said several cops had been attacked by demonstrators, according to Newsweek

New York City, New York: The NYPD said several cops had been attacked by demonstrators, according to Newsweek

New York City, New York: One officer was reportedly hit with a garbage can that was hurled at them by a demonstrator while several protesters allegedly spat on the cops
New York City, New York: A demonstrator is pinned to the floor by officers as things turned violent

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Comment by Robert on May 29, 2020 at 3:16pm
Minnesota is a state of complete incompetence.The police force are Keystone Cops at best.THEY ARRESTED CNN reporter on the air. The cop that killed Floyd had 19 complaints. Amy Klobuchar ( Senator and Democrat presidential candidate) once declined to prosecute Derek Chauvin, cop

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