Hundreds protest in Minneapolis over Jacob Blake shooting, arrests made

The shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has sparked more calls for police accountability.
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A crowd numbering hundreds gathered in downtown Minneapolis Monday evening to protest police brutality after the shooting of Jacob Blake by an officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Blake was left in a serious condition after he was shot seven times by an officer after police were called to a domestic incident. It comes three months after the death of George Floyd during his arrest in south Minneapolis, which sparked global protests and calls for greater accountability measures for police, as well as civil unrest that included looting and arson.

The protest on Monday was mostly peaceful as demonstrators gathered at Hennepin County Government Center in the early evening, with activist groups including the Racial Justice Network, the Council of Islamic-American Relations-Minnesota (CAIR-MN), Communities United Against Police Brutality, Families Supporting Families Against Police Violence, Minnesota Disability Justice Network, and Black Lives Matter Minnesota involved in the rally.

The majority left the demonstration as the night drew in, but a smaller group stayed and there were standoffs with police and reports of property damage at the Hennepin County Jail and the Minneapolis 1st Police Precinct.

The light rail line was shut down in downtown Minneapolis as protesters gathered on the tracks, as well as outside the jail, as police issued orders to disperse.

Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson said deputies arrested 11 people on probable cause charges for riot, damage to property, and unlawful assembly.

He says windows were broken at the jail and there was threat of a security breach at the facility, with one deputy suffering a broken hand as they tangled with protesters.

"We fully support peaceful protests, but we can not - and will not - allow demonstrators to destroy property or jeopardize the safety and security of our inmates, our deputies and our jail," Sheriff Hutchinson said.

Minneapolis Police Department meanwhile says it arrested five people involved in the protests, one for property damage and four for misdemeanor charges.

Note: Some details provided in this story are based on the police's latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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