George Floyd Square and Minneapolis Uptown intersection at the center of protests reopen to traffic – WCCO


MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Two intersections in Minneapolis that have been the center of protests and rallies are open to traffic again on Sunday.

Cars can now travel on East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue – the intersection where George Floyd was killed by former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020. It has been closed for over a year in memory of Floyd , but cars can now pass.

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And the intersection of Lake Street at Girard Avenue is open again in Uptown. It has been closed from time to time as police and protesters engaged in a bitter struggle in the area over the past few weeks after a Federal Fugitive Task Force shot down Winston Boogie Smith Jr. at the top of the ‘a parking ramp earlier this month.

George Floyd Square June 20, 2021 (credit: CBS)

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, who is running for re-election this fall, spoke with WCCO on Sunday morning about the reopening.

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“Minneapolis is at the center of a 100-year reckoning around racial justice, and we should have a peaceful protest. We support the expressions of the First Amendment, ”Frey said. “At the same time, we have to make sure that some of these great corridors in our city that depend on access, our residents have access, we have to make sure they’re open. “

Neither Frey nor any other candidate got the votes needed to get the city’s DFL approval in the mayoral race. Sheila Nezhad, who won a majority of DFL delegates in the approval vote, and former State Representative Kate Knuth are also in the running.

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