MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has imposed another curfew following the civil unrest sparked by misinformation about the apparent suicide of a homicide suspect Wednesday night.
The curfew will be in effect from 8 p.m. Thursday until 6 a.m. Friday.
“Let’s restore order. Let’s restore peace. That’s my ask of everyone tonight," Frey said.
The mayor imposed a curfew Wednesday night as law enforcement agencies worked to disperse crowds that had gathered downtown after rumors circulated on social media that Minneapolis police had shot and killed a man.
Looters ransacked stores throughout downtown and several businesses started on fire, including Brit’s Pub.
“Quite frankly, I am disgusted and my constituents are disgusted,” said Council member Lisa Goodman, whose ward includes the downtown.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said approximately 50 people were arrested by his department and two officers were injured overnight. As for criticism, his officers fired tear gas to clear out downtown.
“One thing that will prevent me from having to use tear gas, don’t commit criminal activity down there. Go home. We were urging people to go home,” he said.
Nearly 100 Minnesota National Guard soldiers have already responded another 300 soldiers will be activated Thursday, according to the National Guard.