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Protests erupt again after man is killed by deputies in Minneapolis

Protesters are detained on a sidewalk surrounded by law enforcement officers
Protesters are arrested early Saturday following a vigil for Winston Boogie Smith Jr. in Minneapolis.
(Associated Press)

Protesters faced off with officers in Minneapolis early Saturday over the shooting death of a man by members of a U.S. Marshals task force.

Photos from the scene following a vigil for Winston Boogie Smith Jr., 32, showed dumpster fires in the street and a line of officers standing guard. It was the second night of protests in response to the fatal shooting Thursday in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood.

Authorities said Friday that Smith was wanted on a weapons violation and fired a gun before two deputies shot him while he was inside a parked vehicle. Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force were trying to arrest him on a warrant for allegedly being a felon in possession of a gun.

Family and friends described Smith as a father of three who was often harassed by police. They are demanding transparency in the investigation and have asked that anyone who might have video of the shooting to come forward.

Shelly Hopkins, who was in a longtime relationship with Smith, told the Associated Press that despite any mistakes he has made, he didn’t deserve to be killed.

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“I wasn’t there,” she said of Thursday’s shooting. “I don’t know exactly what happened. But I know him. And he didn’t deserve that. ... He had the best heart out of anybody I’ve ever met in my life.”

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Friday that two sheriff’s deputies — one from Hennepin County and one from Ramsey County — fired their weapons, striking Smith.

Smith died at the scene. State investigators said Smith’s passenger, a 27-year-old woman, was treated for injuries from glass debris.

Police said some people vandalized buildings and stole property from businesses after the shooting Thursday. Nine people were arrested on possible charges including suspicion of riot, assault, arson and damage to property.

The fatal shooting comes as Minneapolis has been on edge since the death of George Floyd just over a year ago, and the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright by an officer in nearby Brooklyn Center in April.


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