VIDEOS: Businesses Across Twin Cities Burned to the Ground, Residents Work to Clean Up

 

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – More than 200 businesses across the Twin Cities have been vandalized, looted, or burned in response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was allegedly murdered Monday night by a Minneapolis police officer.

After setting fire to the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct Thursday night, rioters made their way to the Fifth Precinct Friday, reducing a nearby Wells Fargo and U.S. Post Office to rubble.

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We’re out here surveying the damage from last night. This is from the scene of the Fifth Precinct, where rioters burned down a post office and other businesses last night. Fire crews still putting out fires all over. More to come.

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A massive crowd of residents worked Saturday to clean up a strip mall that had been looted and vandalized during the fourth night of riots.

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Clean up crews all over. Several stores with heavy water damage. Firefighters still working on putting out a fire at Wells Fargo.

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Another cohort of clean up crews worked to put out smoldering fires at a stretch of businesses that had been set ablaze near East Lake Street and Columbia Avenue. Despite the rampant destruction, many residents were working together to clean up a city in ruins, passing out free food and water to anyone in need.

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The destruction really doesn’t end out here. Civilians are working together to put out fires that are still smoldering at East Lake and Columbus

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A stretch of businesses on Chicago Avenue was hit particularly hard by arsonists, who indiscriminately set fire to shops on either side of the Minneapolis street.

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This stretch of businesses on Chicago Avenue was hit particularly hard. Several businesses burned down on both sides of the street.

Posted by The Minnesota Sun on Saturday, May 30, 2020

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A book store on Chicago Avenue was burned down. You can see a bunch of burned books in the rubble.

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Some of the anarchy has spilled into the capital city of St. Paul as its Midway neighborhood has seen widespread acts of vandalism and arson. Sports Dome on University Avenue, for instance, was reduced to ashes along with Lloyd’s Pharmacy on Snelling Avenue.

Here is more footage The Minnesota Sun obtained while walking the streets:

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More from Wells Fargo fire

Posted by The Minnesota Sun on Saturday, May 30, 2020

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A Family Dollar and US Bank are burned down on East Lake Street. Hundreds of businesses throughout the Twin Cities have been looted, vandalized, or burned.

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More footage from around the Minneapolis Police Department’s Fifth Precinct, which managed to survive last night’s riots. Officers are currently standing guard on the roof.

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A Shell gas station on Park Avenue was set on fire

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Here’s what the Hexagon Bar looks like now. It was burned down on one of the first nights of rioting.

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Holiday gas station on North Washington was burned down

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This is what’s left of Lloyd’s Pharmacy on Snelling in St. Paul

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The Sports Dome on University Avenue was burned down

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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of The Minnesota Sun and The Ohio Star. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].

 

 

 

 

 

 

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