George Floyd's Girlfriend: He Would Be "Devastated" to See His City on Fire
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George Floyd's girlfriend Courtney Ross is calling for peaceful protesting in Minneapolis, stating that Floyd would be devastated if he knew his city was burning down.
46-year old Floyd was killed on Monday after police officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on his neck, cutting off his air and blood circulation to the brain. Riots then quickly broke out as protesters looted and burned businesses to the ground. Ross explained how she is "heartbroken" by the riots in Minneapolis.
“I am heartbroken,” she said about the chaos. “Waking up this morning to see Minneapolis on fire would be something that would devastate Floyd. He loves the city. He came here [from Houston] and stayed here for the people and the opportunities… Floyd was a gentle giant. He was about love and peace.”
Check out what the Daily Caller reported:
Floyd was arrested Monday for an alleged forgery after a 911 call accusing him of using a counterfeit bill at a Minneapolis store. Protests have since entered the fourth day, taking a violent turn as police evacuated the 3rd Police Precinct Thursday evening when it was overrun by rioters and lit on fire.
Wendy’s, AutoZone, and an affordable housing building were also among the businesses lit aflame.
Ross also noted how she wants those who protest “to know that I understand their frustration…I want people to protest in a peaceful way.”
What started out as peaceful protests on Wednesday evening, turned violent as hundreds of local citizens began looting stores and even burnt down buildings.
Most of the rioting came from a large crowd outside of police headquarters in Minneapolis who were “throwing objects at the building and officers and turning more violent as the night wore on.”
“The AutoZone Auto Parts store across from the Third Precinct was set afire. As some protesters tried to extinguish the fire, others danced gleefully in front of the flames and smoke, snapping selfies,” reported The Star Tribune. “At the nearby Lake Street Target store, looters were seen leaving with items ranging from large TVs to clothing to groceries. Looting also occurred at Minnehaha Lake Wine & Spirits, at Hiawatha and Lake, and at many other businesses in the area.”
Star Tribune reporter Liz Sawyer reported the following tweet:
She added: “Many of the shops destroyed along this stretch of Lake Street are immigrant-owned businesses — many of which were already struggling during the pandemic. ‘Now it’s worse,’ said Roberto Hernandez, who stood guard outside his nutrition store for 5 hours to protect it from looters.”
Things took a turn for the worse when the rioters lit an “apartment building under construction” on fire.
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