Black Lives Matter demonstrators in Minnesota flocked to showcase outrage over a deadly police-involved shooting, only to immediately abandon the protest after they found out it was a white carjacker who was allegedly shooting at police, reports say.
Dozens gathered to get down on one knee and march outside the mansion of Gov. Tim Walz in St. Paul on Sunday. Activists captured on video shot by Fox 9 reporter Mitti Hicks knelt to observe for a moment of silence over the original rumblings regarding Sunday’s 3 p.m. deadly shooting.
“Protestors kneel after hearing there was an officer-involved shooting in Burnsville moments ago,” Hicks posted in a Tweet about the out-of-control armed carjacking in the suburbs caught on video.
“This information HAS NOT been confirmed but this group says they’re heading there,” Hicks reported.
The suspect who died in the incident is said to have been a white male in his 20s who had carjacked a woman at gunpoint before opening fire at police multiple times as they were in pursuit, according to Burnsville police.
Brooke Wells, a waitress at a TGI Fridays in Burnsville where the suspect supposedly entered, said she watched him confront a customer.
“He came into the restaurant, approached her, picked the keys up off the table and ran right out the door,” said Wells. “I chased him out the door. He jumped into the car that was by the door, and I’m like ‘I wouldn’t do that if I was you.'”
Wells said the man then sped away with the customer’s Ford.
Footage caught by a traffic camera posted by KARE11 revealed the suspect had jumped out the moving stolen vehicle, then proceeded to run into the street before appearing to aim his weapon at an oncoming SUV ahead of being gunned down by “multiple” officers in pursuit, according to police.
The BLM mob, ever inspired by the contentious deaths of George Floyd and Daunte Wright, made their way to the scene of the demonstration, only to hear that this shooting did not fit their criteria for protest.
The crowd, seemingly disappointed the dead man wasn’t black, retreated and returned to Brooklyn Center, the Minneapolis suburb where Wright was shot while appearing to resist arrest. Wright had been stopped for a warrant regarding assault. “They need more information about what happened in Burnsville first,” Hicks explained in an update about the mob nearly an hour after the first video.
The protest plans after a knee-jerk reaction had users on social media mocking the demonstrators.
“For an armed carjacker?????? Are people this stupid????” one person responded to Hicks’s footage, while Amanda Felske noted that the mob set out to “just immediate loot /riot!!” without getting the correct information.
Another Twitter user pointed out “@RepMaxineWaters has blood on her hands. Two national guards shot then this,” in response to the widely reported video of the Democrat congresswoman seeming to encourage an escalation of violence if the former officer on trial for George Floyd’s death is acquitted.
Meanwhile, Brendan Hartmann highlighted that the latest potential martyr for the far-left anti-police crowd had reportedly been publicly firing a gun at the police.
“Are they kneeling for the amazing work these officers did to keep the community safe from a mad man with a GUN,” he questioned regarding the people who attempted the protest.
The authorities have yet to name the suspect in the Burnsville carjacking. First responders were not injured in the incident, and there have been no indications that any of the suspect’s victims were hurt.
“All Burnsville Police Officers wear body cameras and camera data will be handled by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) who will lead the investigation,” local police said.