Katie Daviscourt, Post Millennial, July 5, 2023
WCCO News reports that the incident happened in the middle of the road near Boom Island at about 1:30 am on Wednesday. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the scene to disperse the reluctant crowd that refused to comply.
Officers with the Minneapolis Police Department, Minneapolis Park Police, and the Minnesota State Patrol were able to restore order around 2 am.
Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O’Hara addressed the incident during a press brief on Wednesday and denounced the group’s violence while he commended the officers for showing “professionalism” and “extreme constraint” under the unprecedented circumstances.
Overnight, Somali-American youths in Minneapolis celebrated July 4 by attacking police with fireworks. pic.twitter.com/h2odNuPkGZ
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Chief O’Hara said that officers apprehended the suspect launching fireworks at the police cruiser and took him into custody. O’Hara announced that 16 people were arrested, 11 juveniles and 5 adults, during Fourth of July activities on Tuesday.
Independent journalist Rebecca Brannon, who was reporting on a similar nearby incident, explained that large groups of individuals were also shooting fireworks at members of the community.
Video showed police telling a group to “go home,” to which the group responded “f*ck off.”
Brannon captured roaming groups shooting fireworks at each other as they drove around the area.
Police stopped one group in a truck, which were found to possess illegal fireworks as well as a firearm.
Brannon said she had to call 911 after a person was injured by a large mortar firework. The man suffered a serious wound to his stomach, she said.