A suspected looter taken into custody by the Los Angeles Police Department granted an on-camera interview with a local Fox station on Sunday, telling a reporter that he did it for the money.
“We saw you at the New Balance store,” Bill Melugin of KTTV said. “Why are you out here?”
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“Man, period, point-blank … tryin’ to get some money,” the man replied.
Melugin pressed further, asking if it had anything to do with the Minnesota protests, but his response was not anything that your typical protester would have said.
“I mean, a little bit to do with that too,” the man said, “but not really. I’m out here for the dough.”
Protests and angry riots have been breaking out in cities such as Detroit, Michigan; St. Louis, Missouri; and Oakland, California, to protest the manner in which Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer pinned his neck using his knee for nearly ten minutes.
Four officers were fired since that incident, and one of the officers, Derek Chauvin, was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter less than 50 minutes after his arrest was made public.
Still, the protests, now several days in, have continued throughout the country, leading to more than 4,100 arrests, the Associated Press reported.