A Minneapolis police officer dropped to the ground after a metal trash can lid struck him in the head during a resurgence of rioting and looting in the city Wednesday.
The attack, which was reportedly broadcast on Facebook Live, showed a cop trying to open his driver’s-side door before the metal disk whizzed through the air and connected with the back of the unsuspecting officer’s head, according to the New York Post. The uniformed officer dropped to the ground and appeared to be rolling in pain, as fellow law enforcement in riot gear made their way to him, the Post’s video showed.
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Audible cheers erupted from the crowd as the officer plummeted to the ground. The policeman was hospitalized, but suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to Fox 9.
The officer struck by the metal lid was one of two cops to be admitted to medical care facilities that night; however, the local report did not specify how the other officer was injured. Six arrests were made Wednesday in connection with riot activity, the outlet reported.
Civil unrest began again in Minneapolis in response to a murder suspect’s suicide after being confronted by police, according to CBS Minnesota. Crowds gathered Wednesday in the city after the suspect turned a gun on himself outside of a local mall, the outlet reported.
Minneapolis was the epicenter of riots, looting and arson, following the death of George Floyd, who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes, video showed.
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