Protesters took to the streets of Mankato Friday afternoon in reaction to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police earlier this week.
The crowd then walked a large loop, past the Mankato Public Safety Center in downtown Mankato, then up Stoltzman Road toward the Minnesota State University campus.
Things escalated when protesters then walked back to the Mankato Public Safety Center to continue the protest. Outside the building, the crowd chanted “No Justice, No Peace”, loudly revved motorcycles, and hurled insults at passing law enforcement.
The night came to a head as protesters amassed outside of the River Hills Mall Target. Trash can fires were lit in the parking lot while protesters congregated at the doors of the business. Witnesses said that “between four to six people started throwing stones at the doors” causing the glass to shatter.
Within a minute of the destruction to the entrance of the Target store, police arrived on the scene in order to deescalate the situation, and back people away from the store. Moments later, the T-Mobile store on Sioux Road was also broken into, leaving almost all the windows broken.