The Minneapolis Police Department has released body camera video of a fatal police shooting that occurred Wednesday night and has sparked protests and riots in the city.
The incident happened about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday in a gas station on the south side, about a mile from where Floyd died. Police said the man — identified by his father as Dolal Idd — was a suspect in a felony and that eyewitnesses said he had fired first, the Washington Post reports.
The city released video Thursday from one officer’s body-camera in two versions, one of them slowed down to make it easier to follow. The video showed the man attempting to drive away from police before his vehicle was hemmed in, and then showed him looking through his driver’s side window at the officers. Glass then erupts from the driver's window. An officer is heard voicing an expletive, and multiple shots are fired.
Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder said the 27-second video, as well as the slower version, is the only footage the department will be releasing at this time, citing the ongoing investigation. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is retaining other videos from the incident, he said.
At a press conference Thursday, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said the officers executed the traffic stop Wednesday evening as part of a “probable cause” weapons investigation, MPR News reports.
KTSP reports dozens of people were arrested overnight in the city during protests over Idd's death.
According to officials with the city, 15 people were booked for probable cause riot and 21 people were cited and released.
Some community members said the body camera video of the shooting raises more questions than answers. Protesters also say that police should have deescalated the situation.