Video shows man throw things, take axe to shed at George Floyd Square

It was posted online by the 38thandchicagogfs group.
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An axe-wielding pickup driver vandalized barriers and property set up on the edge of George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, with the entire incident caught on camera.

The video was posted to Twitter and Instagram on the afternoon of May 16 by the community group 38thandchicagogfs.

It's about 4 minutes long and shows a dark pickup stop in the intersection of 39th Street and Chicago Avenue. Leaving the headlights on, the driver - who appears to be a male, wearing jeans and a blue, short-sleeved shirt - gets out of the vehicle, walks over to the barriers blocking Chicago Avenue, and begins tipping them over.

One-by-one, he angrily grabs, throws and knocks over various items at the site - signs, tables, barriers, and more.

After about 90 seconds of this, he slowly walks back to his vehicle and retrieves an axe from his pickup bed. He then spends about a minute swinging the axe at a small, colorful shed, breaking the windows and smashing open the door before entering it and throwing more items around.

At the end of the video, he's seen walking back to his pickup – without his axe, apparently – hopping in, and driving away.

"Someone please collect your child. They shouldn’t be out this late," the organization wrote on the post. It continued:

"People over property. Every single time. When the bankruptcy of white supremacy drives you towards a community in protest of police brutality and and anti-blackness at 2 A.M., when it drives you to throw a tantrum on a wooden shed, nothing shows the simple-mindedness of police mentality more than a fool who uses an axe because he can’t figure out how to open a damn door. 

Even though the folks were away from the barricades for a few minutes, neighbors responded faster than the cops ever would. Watch it for yourself. We ain’t sad, we ain’t hurt, we ain’t even scared. The only thing sad is the kind of hollow life and lack of direction that would motivate someone to throw a fit like this."

The area around the intersection where George Floyd was killed has been closed to traffic since the day after his death.

Since then, George Floyd Square has served as a memorial to Floyd and dedicated community space, though it has also been the subject of criticism after being described as a so-called "autonomous zone."

City officials have spoken for months about reopening the site to traffic, citing ongoing crime concerns, though that has yet to happen. The colorful mural of Floyd, painted on the side of Cup Foods, has been defaced multiple times.

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