On May 28 last year, three days after the death of George Floyd, during a night of riots and protests because of his death, a fire occurred at the Third Precinct headquarters of the Minneapolis Police Department.
The 25-year-old Devon De-Andre Turner, along with three other men, was accused by the authorities of being an accomplice in starting the fire in the building.
Each of them now faces one count of conspiracy to commit arson.
Turner entered a guilty plea admitting his criminal acts and described what happened that night.
Burn it down!
The protest started rather peacefully, and apart from one vehicle being on fire, there was no bigger damage.
As the day went by, the protestors became more aggressive.
The protestors jumped over the protective barricade that surrounded the precinct and started to vandalize the building, creating greater damage.
There were no police officers in or around the building since they left the premises earlier that day.
Then, the crowd surrounding the building started to shout “burn it down”.
Three months after the fire, Turner and three other men were indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Turner admitted to judging Patrick J. Schiltz that he and another man who participated in the riots lit Molotov cocktails and threw them inside the building in which way the fire started.
According to the prosecutors, the damage that the fire caused is estimated to be around $12 million and the police were forced to work out of temporary space.
A huge financial blow for Minneapolis
Devon De-Andre Turner will be sentenced on May 13, 2021, and he is facing 3 and a half up to 4 and a half years in prison.
The city of Minneapolis is said to spend $4.8 million over the next three years on a new temporary police station.
In late August of 2020, a city council committee approved a proposal to spend $3.6 million for a 3-year sublease, which is $1.2 million a year, and another $1.2 million for renovations.
The city will pay for repairs and rebuilding the property which is damaged due to civil unrest.
Police officers and other staff from the Third Precinct have been working remotely and at the Minneapolis Convention Center since their building burned down.