A Collaboration Between
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Text and Photography by Brooklynn Kascel
On May 26th I began photographing my neighborhood as peaceful protests turned violent amid clashes between protesters and militarized police presence. Grocery stores, fast food restaurants and family owned businesses became targets for arson and theft while the 3rd Police Precinct was left abandoned by officers and taken over by rioters. 59 days have passed since the death of George Floyd and protests across Minneapolis and St. Paul have been organized frequently and attended by hundreds and sometimes thousands.
This bill, which has already been passed by the Minnesota Legislature, “also bans chokeholds and so-called warrior-style training, which critics say promotes excessive force. It imposes a duty to intercede on officers who see a colleague using excessive force,” according to the Associated Press.
City of Minneapolis officials and community leaders continue to question the role of law enforcement in a place that has experienced widespread violence and brutality against Black, Indigenous and people of color for decades.
The Twin Cities have become a united flagship as additional cities across the United States call for police reform, divestment and possible abolition. These images embody my community’s urgency to protect Black lives from further police brutality and encourage what is being named the modern day Civil Rights Movement.
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