A quiet night in Minneapolis highlights the fifth day of protests

WCCO Radio Newsroom
May 31, 2020 - 2:04 am
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    The fifth day and night of protests after the death of George Floyd saw another journalist arrested, the closure of highways and citizens banding together to defend their communities.

    WCCO-TV photojournalist Tom Aviles was shot by a rubber bullet and taken into police custody. He was released after a few hours.

    The Minnesota Department of Transporation announced that, beginning at 7:00 p.m., I-35W, I-35E, I-94, I-394 and Highway 55 would be closed until the city-wide curfew was lifted at 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

    Law enforcement holding strong:

    Once curfew began at 8:00 p.m., law enforcement went through neighborhoods forcing people inside by using rubber bullets, even if people were just on their porch.

    Groups gathered across Minneapolis and St. Paul to defend their communities, pushing back against barriers built by protestors and holding positions along the beleaguered Lake Street. 

    After several hours of no police presence, the intersection of 38th and Chicago, the location of George Floyd’s death, was cleared out by police and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office.

     

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