Reports of looting, heavy security follow Kim Potter sentencing 

A heavy security presence was seen throughout Brooklyn Center Friday night and at least one store was looted. 

Some businesses throughout the Twin Cities were looted Friday night. (Left: Rebecca Brannon/Twitter; Right: Crime Watch Minneapolis/Twitter)

A handful of businesses throughout the Twin Cities metro area were reportedly looted Friday night following the sentencing of former police officer Kim Potter.

Potter, a former Brooklyn Center police officer who accidentally killed Daunte Wright during an April 11 traffic stop, was sentenced to two years in prison Friday by Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu. The two-year sentence, only two-thirds of which will be spent behind bars, was a “significant downward departure” from the presumptive sentence.

Wright’s family described the sentence as a “slap on the wrist.”

A heavy security presence was seen throughout Brooklyn Center Friday night and at least one store was looted.

According to Crime Watch Minneapolis, police responded to reports of looting at businesses on East Lake Street. In one case, police said the looters were firing rounds into the air.

In St. Paul, looters smashed the windows of a tobacco store with sledgehammers.

Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher said during his “Live on Patrol” show that a Boost Mobile store on Rice Street in St. Paul was looted. He also noted that looters were scouting different areas for police and notifying people via livestreams of the areas with the lowest police presence.

This type of behavior was possibly observed in Brooklyn Center where vehicles were circling a shopping mall.