In Minneapolis, jury selection is now underway for the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer facing charges of manslaughter, second-degree murder and third-degree murder in connection with the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd — whose killing has sparked large protests all over the world. Ten months after his death, Floyd is still being remembered with a memorial in the streets of Minneapolis — and according to NewsNationNow reporter Brian Entin, tensions are high at the George Floyd Memorial.
Reporting from Minneapolis, Entin explained, "This area behind me is the George Floyd Memorial. This is where George Floyd was killed back in May. Take a look. These barricades have been set up by protesters and supporters of the movement. They don't allow anyone in — not even the police. It's called an autonomous zone."
Entin explained that the "situation at the Memorial" is "very tense" and that a "militant-style group" has "closed off several blocks with barricades."
While Entin was reporting at the Memorial, two people emerged and angrily told him that he wasn't welcome in the area. Entin asked if it was OK to him to be standing on the other side of the barricade that had been set up, and one of them said, "You need to get out of here.
Entin, separately, asked activist Kim Griffin to comment on tensions at the Floyd memorial. Griffin told Entin, "The situation at the memorial, from what I understand, is kind of volatile. People that want to go and support (don't) feel a sense of inclusion. There is more of a, like, militant-type atmosphere over there and a sense of fear."
Entin noted that Griffin "supports police reform" and has been "protesting Floyd's death" but "does not agree with what's happening at the memorial." The reporter added that although Griffin's nephew, Imez Wright, was shot and killed at the George Floyd Memorial over the weekend, police did not enter.
Griffin told Entin, "Police were not allowed to get into that area. He was carried outside the zone of George Floyd Square…. It was made clear law enforcement was not welcome to penetrate that zone, which is an atrocity because his life was taken — and who knows whether or not he would have survived had things been different."