CEO of Target Respond to Store Damages After Minneapolis Riot
An unarmed black man (George Floyd) was killed in the hands of police on Monday. Residents in Minneapolis decided to march after a video surfaced on social media showing him non-resistant. The footage captured an officer kneeling on Floyd's neck while he repeatedly cried out, "I can't breathe", but the officer held his position until Floyd was unresponsive.
The march for justice took place on Wednesday by the Minneapolis 3rd Precinct station, where Floyd died on Memorial Day. Protesters came with posters and used their voice to spread awareness that Black Lives Matter.
Officers retaliated by firing rubber bullets and tear gas. This resulted in protesters needing milk and other essentials to help subside the tear gas and other discomforts. Target was the closest store in the area but managers wouldn't let them in, which escalated to looting the property.
Videos surfaced with protesters of all races and ages smashing windows, breaking equipment and taking what they could from every aisle. Many were carrying merchandise out of the store in shopping baskets with no police in sight. The building they once called Target was later full of empty racks and broken shelves.
Brian Cornell, the CEO of Target, showed sympathy for the riot as the officer and three others were fired the following Tuesday.
"As a team we've vowed to face pain with purpose." -via Instagram
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