Posted on May 26, 2021

At Least One Shot at George Floyd Square on Anniversary of His Murder

Craig McCarthy and Kate Sheehy, New York Post, May 25, 2021

Even the street corner where George Floyd died wasn’t safe from violence on the one-year anniversary of his murder Tuesday.

Dozens of bullets flew in George Floyd Square in Minneapolis just after 10 a.m. during an apparent parking dispute, leaving one person injured — only a few hours before the street was set to be turned into a family-friendly festival in memory of the slain black man.


Meanwhile, protest-ravaged local businesses struggle, and residents battle surging crime, including the shootings of at least 19 kids in the past few weeks.


“What is being done to stop this violence?” raged Minneapolis City Councilman Phillipe Cunningham in an open letter to Mayor Jacob Frey earlier this month. “I want to know.”

After Floyd’s death — and chilling cell-phone footage surfaced of Chauvin kneeling on the gasping man’s neck for more than 9 minutes — the Minneapolis City Council pushed to dismantle the police department and replace it with a “holistic, public health-oriented approach.”

But the city’s Charter Commission at least delayed the move by saying it needed more time to study such a drastic proposal.

Now there are calls to actually add more cops to the department {snip}

More than 200 cops, or almost a third of the department, have left the job in the past year.


Longtime resident Sondra Samuels said at a hearing on the rise in violence last week, “The rhetoric around ‘defund’ has gotten us to where we are today.


There have been at least 31 murders to date in the city in 2021, double last year’s rate, while nearly 200 total shootings since the beginning of January.


[Editor’s Note: The video below is not part of the New York Post story, but depicts the shooting.]