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Mysterious ‘Umbrella Man’ Breaks Windows At AutoZone Car Dealership During Riot, Police Deny Having Links

By | On May 30, 2020

Who was the mysterious Umbrella Man and is he a cop? Speculation had social media buzzing Friday after an unidentified man in a gas mask and carrying an open umbrella smashed the windows of an AutoZone with a hammer during Thursday’s riots in Minneapolis.


The incident has since gone viral on social media with the hashtag #UmbrellaMan. Unrest has escalated in the days since the Monday incident where 46-year-old George Floyd, a black man,  died after a Minneapolis police officer, who has since been charged, kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes as the man pleaded “I can’t breathe.” On Thursday night, protesters set fire to a Minneapolis police precinct.

Elsewhere in the city, other buildings were set on fire, a Target was looted and other businesses were destroyed or damaged. But demonstrators at the AutoZone didn’t recognize the Umbrella Man, who casually walked up and shattered at least four windows of the business.

Police Deny Connection
The St. Paul Police Department issued a statement Friday saying one of its officers, Jacob Pederson, had been misidentified by social media activists as the man seen in the video, calling the posts on the platforms false. Police officials said Pederson had an alibi and that his whereabouts checked out for the time the incident occurred.

“We are aware of the social media post that erroneously identifies one of our officers as the person caught on video breaking windows in Minneapolis. We want to be perfectly clear about this: The person in the video is not our officer," the statement read.

The man’s actions were so odd that other rioters in the area paused their own protests to call him out and begin filming.  Who was the mysterious Umbrella Man and was he a cop? Speculation had social media buzzing Friday after an unidentified man in a gas mask and carrying an open umbrella smashed the windows of an AutoZone with a hammer during Thursday’s riots in Minneapolis. According to video of the incident, protesters seemed to know immediately the man was an impostor. The incident has gone viral on social media with the hashtag #UmbrellaMan.

An Agent provocateur?
The man has not been positively identified and police are strongly denying it’s one of their own.The gas mask the man wore revealed his eyes and skin color. He had on all black, complete with boots and gloves. 
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