A crowd protesting the officer-involved shooting death of Winston Boogie Smith has shut down a busy Uptown intersection.
Minneapolis police said the area at West Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue, a half-block away from the parking ramp where deputies fatally shot Smith Thursday afternoon, has been "shut down."
A spate of vandalism, looting and clashes with police Thursday night in that area led to nine arrests.
The group Communities United Against Police Brutality planned a 12:30 p.m. event Friday at the intersection nearest the site of the shooting to "demand justice." A separate press conference and rally is slated for 5 p.m. in St. Paul, at the site of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Mayor Jacob Frey in an afternoon news conference said there is a public safety plan in place for the Uptown area, as well as the city as a whole, involving the Minneapolis Police Department and additional agencies.
That includes bringing on additional officers through overtime, the presence of approximately 100 Hennepin County deputies, and Minnesota State Patrol help.
Frey also said he has been in contact with Gov. Tim Walz's office about the Minnesota National Guard, but as of around 4 p.m. Frey had not requested their presence.
"But certainly we have options on the table," he added.
While Frey said the city supports people expressing their First Amendment Rights and ability to protest, people who are "involved in any form of looting or rioting ... will be dealt with. That's just not acceptable in any way, shape or form."
He continued: "The message is, if you're going down that route, you're going to be arrested,"
Here are some tweets from the scene Friday afternoon: