May 26th, 2020 – 38th & Chicago
In response to the killing of another black man,
,by the Minneapolis Police Department.
The Set Up
The footage, taken by bystanders on the scene yesterday (Memorial Day) is hard to watch. It made Mayor Frey almost cry during his address. One officer in the video holds his knee down onto the neck of George Floyd; while the other defends his partner’s atrocities. The video goes on like this until George Floyd is no longer breathing. The community, and the world are outraged.
The Powderhorn Minneapolis neighborhood came out this afternoon to protest the killing of another black man, by the police. People started gathering at the corner of 38th & Chicago in the early afternoon. By 4pm there was a one block radius closed by the community. The crowds swelled as the day grew on, and citizens started to speak. One after another — the people stood up and expressed their opinions, and love for the neighborhood, and it’s people.
The March East on 38th
This community is not going to stand by and let this happen, without redress. Mayor Frey did fire the 4 officers involved, this morning. This is the first time it has happened in recent memory (ever) — said one long-time activist, speaking outside of Cup Foods.
By the time neighbors started marching east on 38th — to the police station; thousands of people had gathered, and taken the streets. Many disparate walks of life were all in unison. There was much talk about about defending our neighborhoods, and opposing the police.
Not everyone decided to march to the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd precinct. Some had a different idea, a more practical response. One community member was very clear on his attitude and intentions. Hear him in his own words.