Minnesota police arrested more than 50 protesters and looters during the second night of violence over the deadly shooting of Daunte Wright — with a TV reporter forced to flee on-air amid an apparent volley of shots.
Police made the mass arrests as hundreds defied a 7 p.m. curfew in Brooklyn Center, attacking riot police who responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and flash grenades.
Amid the chaos, Noel Phillips was reporting for “Good Morning Britain” when he scrambled for cover after hearing shots nearby around midnight.
“We got gunfire over there — get down! Now!” a man was heard yelling, as the crew continued to film while running for cover behind cars.
“We heard 20 to 30 gunshots — three men firing directly towards the police and National Guard members,” Phillips later said on his UK show.
“As a precaution when doing our job, we have to wear body armor to protect ourselves,” he said as he unzipped his jacket to reveal his bulletproof vest.
Looters also ran rampant for a second night in the city on the outskirts of Minneapolis — with a shocking video showing a Dollar Tree and neighboring stores completely smashed up and with smoke billowing out.
“Is there anybody in there? Get out of there,” one person yelled in the clip by Star Tribune reporter Liz Sawyer, who feared it was “going to engulf in minutes.”
The destroyed store was covered in graffiti, with Wright’s name along with “BLM,” and anti-police slurs including “F–k 12” and “ACAB,” short for “All cops are bastards.”
“Poor people shop and work there. It’s like eating your own,” one commentator, Michael E., noted of the questionable choice of target.
Looting again also spread to neighboring Minneapolis, with attacks on a liquor store, a shoe store and a Target that was trashed last year after the fatal arrest of George Floyd, the Star Tribune said.
At least 13 arrests were made in Minneapolis for burglaries and for violations of a curfew also enforced there, police said early Tuesday.
In Brooklyn Center, at least 40 arrests were made, Minnesota State Patrol Col. Matt Langer said at a news conference early Tuesday. Some were booked into the Hennepin County jail, some cited and released, he said.
Several law enforcement officers suffered minor injuries from thrown debris, Langer said, according to the Star Tribune. There were no official reports of injured protesters, he said.
The worst clashes came after the mob ignored repeated warnings to adhere to the curfew and disperse from attacking officers around the Brooklyn Center Police Department, Langer said.
“Unfortunately, those efforts were not successful … so we stood and protected the building,” he said, according to the Star Tribune.
President Biden had earlier Monday condemned the violence that started hours after Wright’s death Sunday.
“There is absolutely no justification — none — for looting, no justification for violence,” he said.
It was a call made by other leaders in the Twin Cities, where many stores closed or erected barriers to protect their businesses.
“You cannot honor the memory of George Floyd, you cannot honor the memory of Daunte Wright, by wreaking havoc in the communities they called home,” St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter said, according to the Star Tribune.
With Post wires