Humblet Avenue in daylight does not look like a chaotic battlefield that turns out to be dark.
Cars and trucks sped up the wide suburban streets of Minnesota’s Brooklyn Center. There are apartments, a church and a high school. And a police station.
The police station is now separated from the avenue by a chain-link fence The focus of the protest Five nights and counts, after an officer killed a black man last Sunday – just 13 miles north where another former officer was on trial for killing a black man.
Down Wright, 20, dies Minneapolis is already scrambling to get a verdict in the case. The trial of Derek Chauvin He allegedly killed George Floyd last May. Floyd’s death put an end to protests around the world for racial justice.
“When I saw it and I heard it, I said, ‘Not again,'” said Annette Combs, who worked for Humblet when she learned of Wright’s reaction to Wright’s death.
After dark, the avenue is illuminated by floodlights. National Guard jeeps and armored vehicles blocked entry from the south. Law enforcement agencies from the flash bang, tear gas and rubber bullets and protesters for violating a curfew imposed on the town c from the fireworks, police arrested several dozens.
Pastor Simeon Momanyi was in the middle, his house was sandwiched between his church, the Kenyan Community Seventh-day Adventist and the police. The last few days have been tough for him and his flock.
“When George Floyd was killed, it was painful for a lot of people,” he said. “It’s been a year, and people are starting to finish it. There were lots of protests. [You think] The police, when they contact black people, people of color, they will be careful. And then suddenly again. Same city, same place. Something happened again. ”
The Brooklyn Center, just north of Minneapolis, has a huge immigrant population of 31,000 in the suburbs of an ethnically diverse, middle-class suburb. Commercial strip point in African grocery stores and restaurants. The middle family earns $ 60,000, and many residents work in manufacturing.
A block of modest, one-story houses are attached to the siding at Rd3rd Avenue and Catherine Drive, where Block Wright was shot. The rabbis have built a tomb there for him: a huge, echo in the palm of the sky in George Floyd Square, Minneapolis. It is surrounded by roses, lilies, daffodils and gerbera daisies. Electronic tea lights “down”.
One man said Thursday afternoon, “This is crazy, man.” “Just a young king growing up.”
Brooklyn Center High School students Max Madden and Daniel Retick, a few years younger than Wright, protested with their colleagues in the school’s athletic fields across the street from the police station on Thursday. As young blacks, they both learned to change their behavior around the police, to move slowly, and to answer all questions.
“It succeeds, but we want to make our living,” Retic said.
“It’s like nature: I see a police officer, I was able to do that,” Madun added. “However, you see things like this that make you think, ‘I shouldn’t do this. It’s not normal.'”
In recent days, Humboldt has sunk with the “normal” sun. Five yellow servmaster vans were parked outside a dollar tree that was set on fire Monday night to clear the fire and water damage.
Alhagi NG operates his family’s grocery store, Value Foods African Market, just a few doors down the same shopping center. He feared the fire would spread to their building.
Hakim Miller lives next to the shopping center and on the street from the apartment to the police station. She said she hid the furniture against the window to keep her four children safe.
“It’s been a disaster,” he said. “Kids, they’re asking if we’re going to die.”
The temperature was below freezing on Tuesday night and police were beaten. The Minnesota State Patrol began jumping north at Humboldt, announcing through a loudspeaker that protesters were violating the curfew and would have to disperse or face arrest.
Braina Bre Golfer has lost a close friend to police violence. But as soon as he heard the news, he went to protest and went out the next night, and the next year was his ten-year-old Buddhist son. She wants to protect him.
“I have personal responsibilities,” he said.