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Minneapolis businesses in George Floyd Square ‘autonomous zone’ to receive $1M bailout
Prosecutors: Derek Chauvin ‘betrayed his badge’ killing George Floyd
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As the city of Minneapolis pushes forward with a $1 million bailout plan for businesses suffering under an autonomous zone in George Floyd Square, Mayor Jacob Frey on Thursday had a stern warning for out-of-towners looking to come to incite violence during the trial for ex-police officer Derek Chauvin.
“With all the national presence there will be more people in our city and there will be an increased presence of National Guard,” Frey said at a news conference. “We want to make very clear to anyone that is considering coming from outside of the city or outside of our state, anyone who is thinking that they will try to cause chaos and destruction in the city.
“It will not be tolerated. They will be arrested. I want to send that message loud and clear.”
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The trial for Chauvin, charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of Floyd, is continuing for the fourth day high above on the 18th floor of the well-fortified Hennepin County Courthouse.
Meanwhile, Black business owners in the renamed George Floyd Square at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and East 38th Street have joined together to demand change at what once was a memorial outside Cup Foods – where Chauvin was seen in the viral bystander video pressing a knee to Floyd’s neck – but has devolved into an autonomous zone that’s brought gun violence and gang activity to the neighborhood for months.