BREAKING: Protesters breach Minneapolis police station on third night

The demonstrations broke out even after Gov. Tim Walz activated the Minnesota National Guard, saying he supported peaceful demonstrations but was bothered by the level of destruction — buildings on fire, clashes with the police and looted stores.

The unrest escalated even after Gov. Tim Walz activated the Minnesota National Guard, saying he supported peaceful demonstrations but was bothered by the level of destruction on Wednesday — buildings on fire, clashes with the police and looted stores.

On Thursday, after prosecutors said they had not decided whether to press charges against the officer, protesters again gathered near the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct. Some tossed fireworks and other items toward officers, while the police fired projectiles at the demonstrators.

Around 10 p.m. local time, police officers retreated from the precinct and protesters broke into the building, where they smashed equipment, lit fires and set off fireworks, according to videos posted from the scene.