Protesters demand answers in 1st Minneapolis police shooting death since George Floyd

23-year-old Dolal Idd was killed in a shootout with police.

January 01, 2021, 9:57 PM

Protesters took to the streets on Thursday, following the police shooting death of 23-year-old Dolal Idd in the same neighborhood where George Floyd died in May.

"We are angry right now, we are frustrated right now, because we said 'No' after George Floyd was killed, but it didn't take long until another body fell," protester Jaylani Hussein told Minneapolis ABC affiliate KSTP Thursday night.

Idd's death is the first at the hands of Minneapolis police since Floyd died on May 25, igniting protests across the country for police reform and racial equality.

Idd was killed Wednesday evening in a shootout with Minneapolis Police Department officers during a traffic stop. Police say Idd was a suspect in a felony.

PHOTO: People gather at Holiday gas station where Dolal Idd was shot and killed by Minneapolis Police for a vigil, Dec. 31, 2020, in Minneapolis.
People gather at Holiday gas station where Dolal Idd was shot and killed by Minneapolis Police for a vigil, Dec. 31, 2020, in Minneapolis. Idd, who died on the scene, is the first person to be killed by members of the Minneapolis Police Department since George Floyd was killed on May 25.
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Body camera video released to the public within 24 hours showed police repeatedly ordering Idd to "stop your car." Police squad cars boxed in Idd's white car before the driver's window shattered and police fired into the car, the video shows.

"When I viewed the video that everyone else is viewing … it appears that the individual inside the vehicle fired his weapon at the vehicle first," MPD Chief Medaria Arradondo said Thursday. He also said witnesses confirmed that the suspect fired first.

PHOTO: Dolal Idd, 23, was killed in a shootout with police at a traffic stop.
Dolal Idd, 23, was killed in a shootout with police at a traffic stop.
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Arradondo said the MPD officers had been conducting a "probable cause" weapons investigation, which resulted in the traffic stop at a gas station. Arradondo said he didn't know whether there was a warrant for Idd's arrest.

Idd was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman he was with in the car and the officers at the scene were uninjured.

A weapon was recovered at the scene, officials said.

Protesters are demanding more details and more video beyond the 28 seconds of footage that was released. Others are questioning if police could have done more to de-escalate the situation.

PHOTO: Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo takes questions from reporters during a news conference, Dec. 31, 2020, in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo takes questions from reporters during a news conference, Dec. 31, 2020, in Minneapolis. Police in Minneapolis released body-camera video from a traffic stop one night earlier that ended with a man shot dead, an extraordinarily quick move aimed at stemming public anger over the city's first police-involved death since George Floyd.
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The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is leading the investigation into the incident. Arradondo said he expects more video from the shooting to be released during the course of the probe.

Arradondo said he met with Idd's family members and allowed them to view the body camera footage before it was made public.

The names of the officers involved in the incident have not yet been released.

PHOTO: Flowers and candles are left near the Holiday gas station, late Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, in Minneapolis, where Dolal Idd, 23, was shot and killed by Minneapolis police the night before during a traffic stop.
Flowers and candles are left near the Holiday gas station, late Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, in Minneapolis, where Dolal Idd, 23, was shot and killed by Minneapolis police the night before during a traffic stop.
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When asked whether the officers were justified in firing into the vehicle, Arradondo said his officers are "trained to respond" when they are "experiencing gunfire."

PHOTO: Heavy snow falls at George Floyd Square, the memorial site for George Floyd, on Dec. 23, 2020, in Minneapolis.
Heavy snow falls at George Floyd Square, the memorial site for George Floyd, on Dec. 23, 2020, in Minneapolis.
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Arradondo also said he wants to protect everyone's right to demonstrate peacefully, but says the city "cannot allow for destructive criminal behavior."

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Thursday acknowledged the "raw emotion" Minneapolis is experiencing and said that "the details of what transpired last night does not negate the tragedy of yesterday's death."

ABC News' Will McDuffie contributed to this report.

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