MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO / AP) – A jury has acquitted a St. Paul man who fired several rounds at police officers in Minneapolis during the riots following the murder of George Floyd.
In June last year, Jaleel Stallings was charged with eight criminal charges, including second-degree murder, for allegedly shooting at police during protests near Lake Street and 15th Avenue South on May 30.
Authorities said a man later identified as Stallings approached officers as they tried to divide crowds in a parking lot. Officers said they thought he was picking up a rock, so officers fired a 40mm round of markings. Prosecutors said officers then saw three or four muzzles blinking from the man’s chest. Stallings was arrested shortly after, and police said he opposed the arrest.
Released body camera footage showing Minneapolis SWAT officers hitting and kicking him while lying on the ground.
Earlier this summer, the jury in Stallings’ case did not find him guilty of all the charges against him.
According to court documents, officers were driving in an unmarked white van, with no lights or sirens activated as they began firing non-lethal rounds at a crowd in a parking lot that included Stallings. Stallings claimed self-defense.
The news comes months before Minneapolis residents are asked to weigh the future of the police department
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