Tanker Truck Drives Into Crowd of Protesters on Highway

Protests continue over the death of George Floyd
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2020 12:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – There were reports across the nation of shopping malls, strip centers, and other retailers shutting down early Sunday amid widespread threats of looting and riots as protesters continued to demonstrate against the death of George Floyd while in police custody. Some stores, including Whole Foods, were also adjusting hours to accommodate the curfews that were imposed in many cities. CNBC reports Walmart temporarily shuttered hundreds of locations after some stores were hit by looters, and Target temporarily closed 175 stores after a few were looted and vandalized. Other stores that have announced closures include Apple, Nike, and Adidas, all of which were also impacted by looting and vandalism. More Sunday night developments:

  • Tanker truck drives into crowd of protesters: As thousands of protesters marched on I-35 in Minneapolis, a semitrailer drove into their midst, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. Police initially said the driver may not have been aware the highway was shut down, but later the state patrol said, per the AP, "Very disturbing actions by a truck driver on I-35W, inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators." He was pulled from the truck by protesters and taken to a hospital for minor injuries, but was quickly released and arrested. No major injuries were immediately reported among the protesters.

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