A video has gone viral on social media showing law enforcement yelling “Light ’em up” before firing paint rounds at Minneapolis residents who were standing on their front porch.
The video, which has been viewed more than 20 million times, shows military-style personnel walking down a residential street.
“Look at this, they just keep coming,” the woman filming said.
“Go inside,” the officers can be heard yelling. “Get inside!”
“Get in your house now, let’s go!” one officer yells to the woman and her family on her front porch, before another officer is heard saying, “Light ’em up!”
Officers then fire a paint canister at the woman as the residents scramble to take cover.
“G*d that hurt,” the woman said. “Right on the f**king crotch.”
Share widely: National guard and MPD sweeping our residential street. Shooting paint canisters at us on our own front porch. Yelling “light em up” #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #JusticeForGeorge #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/bW48imyt55
— Tanya Kerssen (@tkerssen) May 31, 2020
Some people are criticizing the officers for their actions, while others are applauding them for helping to bring order to a city overcome with violence and unrest.
A curfew is in place in the City of Minneapolis from 8pm to 6am. During this time citizens are not allowed to travel on any public street or in any public place.