Minneapolis grocery store near where George Floyd died in police custody opens again to neighbor's dismay

Susie Jones
August 03, 2020 - 10:50 am

The south Minneapolis grocery store near where George Floyd died in police custody is open again, much to the displeasure of people who live nearby.

A worker at the store, located at the intersection of 38th and Chicago, called police on May 25 when Floyd supposedly was trying to pass counterfeit bills. Officers arrived at the scene and ultimately one of them pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly ten minutes. Floyd died, touching off protests and violence in the Twin Cities and around the world.

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Vine Adams, who lives near the intersection, calls the reopening of Cup Foods a disgrace.

"We feel like, it's only been ten weeks," she said. "Well, I'm a black person in America and it's been 400 years that I've been grieving and I've been hurt."

Related: Minneapolis Police body camera video shows scared, confused George Floyd

Adams is part of a community group that meets every day to talk about their concerns. Cup Foods was at the top of their list on Monday.

"People don't understand, Cup Foods is the one who made that call. It's on their hands," she said. "How could you open up and go on like my pain and my grief do not exist? It's just crazy to me."

Members of the group would also like to see the intersection permanently closed to honor the life of George Floyd.

The Minneapolis planning commission on Monday votes on renaming that corner to George Perry Floyd Junior Place.  If the motion passes, it heads to the city council for final approval.

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