VIDEO: Gunshots Pop At ‘George Floyd’ Square Right As Reporter Talks About Police Reform

Right as a reporter began to discuss police reform changes that have happened since the death of George Floyd a year ago at what is now known as “George Floyd Square,” gunshots rang out, sending the reporter looking for cover.

Philip Crowther, an international affiliate reporter for the Associated Press GMS, was on-scene to cover the anniversary of Floyd’s arrest when the gunfire interrupted his report.

“BREAKING: shots appear to have been fired at George Floyd Square. Quiet now. People still sheltering in place,” Crowther stated in a post early Tuesday afternoon. “We heard a few dozens sounds of what appear to have been shots fired on this block. Everyone sheltered in place. Lots of running. No apparent need for medics. Will update.”

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Crowther shared video of the incident on Twitter. In the video you can see that Crowther is chatting about “police reform” right before dozens of shots break out.

“From our vantage point we see one broken window, apparently from one of the shots fired,” the reporter continued. “Consensus among reporters here at George Floyd Square was that we heard anywhere between a dozen and two dozen shots fired.”

“Quick rough footage of the moment we heard shots fired at George Floyd Square. We counted 30 upon looking back at the footage,” Crowther went on to add.

“George Floyd Square very quiet again now,” the reporter posted up about an hour after his first tweet. “But a fellow reporter just had her phone smashed because she took photos of a storefront hit by a bullet.”

via Daily Wire:

On April 20, a jury found former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in relation to the death of Floyd.

Last May, Chauvin and three other officers arrested and detained Floyd after he allegedly gave counterfeit money at a convenience store. Following a struggle to get Floyd into the back of a police cruiser, viral video shows that Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck and back for nearly nine minutes to detain Floyd while awaiting paramedics.

Chauvin’s attorney Eric Nelson argued during the trial that Floyd’s drug use and bad heart were crucial factors in his death and that Chauvin used reasonable force through an authorized prone hold. The Hennepin County medical examiner revealed that Floyd’s autopsy showed the deceased had potentially lethal levels of drugs in his system.

Floyd’s death sparked protesting and riots across the nation last summer.

Is anyone really surprised by violence of some sort breaking out during this “memorial” of sorts? This is what happens when you slash police budgets and remove police presence from the streets.

People begin to think they can do whatever they want. It’s lawlessness.


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