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BLM protesters rally for victim, leave after learning he was white carjacker

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Black Lives Matter protesters in Minnesota dropped to a knee and set off to march over a fatal police shooting — just to return when they learned it was a white carjacker who had fired at police, according to reports.

Dozens of people protesting outside Governor Tim Walz’s mansion in St. Paul Sunday were filmed by Fox 9 reporter Mitti Hicks as they knelt for a moment of silence over initial rumors about Sunday’s 3 p.m. fatal shooting.

“Protestors kneel after hearing there was an officer-involved shooting in Burnsville moments ago,” Hicks tweeted of the wild caught-on-camera armed carjacking in the suburbs.

“This information HAS NOT been confirmed but this group says they’re heading there,” Hicks said.

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The man who was killed is believed to be a white man in his 20s who had stolen a car from a woman at gunpoint — then repeatedly shot at cops as they chased him, Burnsville police said.

Traffic camera footage shared by KARE11 showed the suspect leaping out of the still-moving stolen car, then running into the road and seemingly pointing his gun at an approaching SUV before he was shot by “multiple” pursuing officers who returned fire, police said.

Black Lives Matter marchers knelt for the victim of a police shooting, reportedly until they learned the victim was a white carjacker who shot at police.
Black Lives Matter marchers knelt for the victim of a police shooting, reportedly until they learned the victim was a white carjacker who shot at police.
Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP

The BLM marchers, riled by the local police-involved deaths of George Floyd and Daunte Wright, soon appeared to get word that the latest shooting was not one fit for protest.

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The protesters turned back and instead headed to Brooklyn Center — the city where Wright died — “because they need more information about what happened in Burnsville first,” Hicks said in an update about an hour after her initial video.

Word of their planned protest after a rush to judgment quickly had the protesters ripped online.

“For an armed carjacker?????? Are people this stupid????” one person replied to Hicks’ video, while Amanda Felske said that the group planned to “just immediate loot /riot!!” without getting the facts.

The protesters were slammed on social media for their reported mistake.
The protesters were slammed on social media for their reported mistake.
Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP

Brendan Hartmann, meanwhile, pointed out that the latest suspect had been shooting at police.

Are they kneeling for the amazing work these officers did to keep the community safe from a mad man with a GUN,” he asked of the protest group.

The Burnsville carjacker has yet to be identified. No police were injured and there were no reports of any of the suspect’s victims being wounded, either.

“All Burnsville Police Officers wear body cameras and camera data will be handled by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) who will lead the investigation,” the force said.

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