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Questions remain about attacks reportedly by white supremacists during George Floyd riots


September 4, 2020

Richard Tsong-Taatarii – Star Tribune

Community members kept watch for trouble along W. Broadway in north Minneapolis earlier this year.

Late one night a few weeks after George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police, a loud knocking came on Jaquita Morris' door, and two of her sons tumbled into the family's North Side home.

But her annoyance turned to shock, then anger when the boys, 19 and 14, told her they were waiting for a bus to their older brother's house when they saw two white men wearing all-white "KKK gear" appear from behind a bush and start running after the terrified teenagers before they reached safety.

As south Minneapolis was enveloped in protests, riots and looting in the wake of Floyd's May 25 death, authorities received dozens of similar reports of racial attacks, harassment and vandalism, many of which were centered on the predominantly Black North Side. There was confusion about whether outside influence was present in the days after Floyd's death, when state officials gave conflicting accounts of whether the suspected agitators came from the ranks of white supremacists exploiting the rage over Floyd's death, or left-wing anarchists bent on turning the anger toward their ends of discrediting the police.


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