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Minneapolis man’s death sparks violent protests

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 5/28/20, 12:02 pm

Protesters set fires and looted stores in Minneapolis late Wednesday and into Thursday morning. One man was found shot dead on a sidewalk near a pawn shop. Protests began on Tuesday after a video surfaced on Monday on social media of a white police officer making an arrest with his knee pressed into an African American man’s neck. The man, George Floyd, died, and the police department fired the officer and three others on Tuesday.

How has the city’s police force responded? Minneapolis police did not stop looters from removing merchandise from a local Target store. They used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse protesters at the 3rd Precinct police station, near where Monday’s incident took place. Mayor Jacob Frey called for Minnesota’s National Guard to intervene in the violence. “Please, Minneapolis, we cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy,” he tweeted.

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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute.

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  • JM
    Posted: Thu, 05/28/2020 02:29 pm

    This will not end well.  I lived in a D.C. suburb, but was serving Church Wold Service, as "alternative service" during the Vietnam war. I was allowed to visit my family on some weekends, and came home the weekend following Dr. King's assassination. The city was rioting and burning. That was 50 years ago, and the burned sections have never recovered. Businesses can not get insurance, and will not rebuild without some protection. There are no stores there, so residents must travel to Maryland to shop. Walmart attempted to open a Super-center, which would provide shopping and a lot of entry level jobs. The city required union jobs and higher wages then the area outside the city. No one wins when governments are hostile to employers. Fourth generation with welfare families need to be relocated to a less urban setting.

  • Janet B
    Posted: Thu, 05/28/2020 04:58 pm

    I am at a loss to know how looting and burning is going to do anything to prevent this from happening again.

    And where are the churches/pastors, who could perhaps admonish their flocks not to act destructively?



    Posted: Thu, 05/28/2020 05:01 pm

    Didn't Los Angeles have the same thing happen?

    Have they ever recovered?


  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 05/29/2020 04:54 pm

    The people who are rioting and burning businesses do not care about the neighborhood recovering, do not listen to pastors, do not much think about consequences to others or even themselves.  Those are marks of socialized humans, which the rioters are not. 

    Yes, they have legitimate grievances.  That is no excuse for the destruction and violence. 

    Some of the problems will be addressed by those in authority, but probably in spite of the rioting, more than because of the rioting. 

    This is the result of several generations of poor minority people being told, "Oh, you poor thing!  Yes, you are such a victim and it's not your fault.  You need us to fix the problems for you."  Which might be fine if the problems were actually fixed. Obviously, even nearly 160 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, the problems have not all been fixed. 

    Yet, in spite of residual racism, a majority of African-Americans somehow manage to live the lifestyles, work the jobs, and be at peace with those around them, pretty much indistinguishably from most of us white folks.  

    Hmmm... character counts, maybe? Parenting counts, maybe?