Residents of Minneapolis on their own prepared to reflect the night riots
Residents of the American city of Minneapolis on lake street street, which suffered from arson during the four days night of protests related to the death of an African-American George Floyd, preparing for the fifth night as a siege. The police, they do not expect, and unrest, they say, can not be avoided.
The death of the African-American George Floyd caused the riots in Minneapolis and other cities after the appearance of "viral" video of the arrest of Floyd. The video shows that the police tackled Floyd and handcuffed him, and one of the officers leaned a knee on the neck of the Floyd. The detainee first few times he says he can't breathe and then losing consciousness. Floyd was admitted to hospital and died in intensive care.
When this information became widespread, the leadership of the city police announced the dismissal of four officers who participated in the arrest. The city held a protest, accompanied by vandalism and fires. The investigation into the death of Floyd has joined the FBI, which declared the case a priority.
Mike, the owner of a major brewery, which is located at the bottom of a large building on lake street, has a special reason for concern.
According to him, they tried to close shields and barricade all Windows and doors.
The first floor of the building where the pub is located, is closed with plywood. A pair of young boys spray-painting their graffiti, including in memory of George Floyd.
The staff of the building at three in the afternoon finished the job and left, leaving uncovered part of Windows, although it was supposed to do they says Mike. In the end, with several unknown volunteers, he did it himself.
In the building of someone staying the night to scare off unwanted guests.
"How came to the aid of neighbors, it's unbelievable. It's great," he said.
The police, no one expects.
On the street shows an elderly man accompanied by three women. They are cut into large pieces white fabric, and he nailed these "white flags" on the boards that closed the window. So they go along the street.
"We nailed it for the world. We have a small business in that far building," says Emma Escobar, one of the women accompanying the man.
According to her, this segment of a street mostly occupied by immigrants from Latin countries. Here there are points of her relatives, and other friends and acquaintances: a flower shop, grocery shop, sewing workshop, restaurants - many in the same building. The entire community unites about 20 different businesses.
Her floral shop is already broke in earlier. Emma shows the video with effects: scattered and broken things, overturned furniture. But no more. Every day they are on duty there, and catch violators. While thus they were able to scare.
This night will be a group on the street, and some will be scattered across rooftops and areas to control the situation, the woman said. At this point, from the roof of the building look out two strong men.
"We're just going to throw and run at them. We have bits. That's all we have for protection. We are about 30," she explains tactics in case of trouble.
On this day, adds Emma, the guard was joined by even more people.
The gas station is filled with cars. This is the machine of people who came to protect her.
A passing police car police officer through the open window, exchanged a welcoming gesture with the owner of the shop and the gas station. Then the jeep turns around and disappears.
People barbecue and seem relaxed, but immediately collected and thrown into the side of the fence when one of the cars across the lawn were transferred to the territory of the gas station.
Behind the wheel - black man. Him throw a few blacks guarding this place. They manage to persuade him not to demolish displayed on the exit signs and plastic cones.
"Crazy," - says one of the guards, when the car drives off.
15 minutes after the start of the curfew the whole street fills a convoy of protesters and cars. They're just riding and nothing is broken.
In the sky flies a military helicopter, from time to time from the aircraft of the national guard.