Protesters and the National Guard are clashing in Minneapolis — over padlocks.
Police brutality protesters within the metropolis have been putting padlocks with the names of individuals killed by police on the fencing surrounding a courthouse the place George Floyd’s accused killer is standing trial.
However shortly after the locks go up outside Hennepin County District Courtroom, members of the National Guard clip them off, witnesses advised The Submit.
On Monday, an indication addressing the lock removals was connected to the fence.
“Day-after-day you chop off the locks and take away the flowers and indicators we put in reminiscence of stolen lives,” it learn.
“However the overflowing trash cans in Authorities Plaza haven’t been emptied in additional than three weeks,” the signal states.
Zora Shank-Shabazz, 33, took her 7-year-old daughter to the fence Monday the place they connected a lock for Dolal Idd, a 23-year-old man fatally shot by Minneapolis police final December.
“Persons are placing locks up with names,” a Minneapolis resident who recognized herself as Rachel advised The Submit.
“They’re taking them off, the National Guard. It’s loopy,” she mentioned.
Different authorities buildings in downtown Minneapolis, in addition to metropolis police precincts, are additionally protected by excessive perimeter fencing because the homicide trial towards former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin started this week.
Chauvin was seen on video kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for almost 9 minutes earlier than he died.
The previous cop faces third-degree homicide, second-degree homicide, and second-degree manslaughter within the case.
Further reporting by Kenneth Garger