We have been paying close attention to the riots that are going on in Chicago, as citizens and business owners are doing everything in their power to remain safe. While Minneapolis is not typically associated with this type of behavior, this city is also reeling in its own way. A recent clip puts things into a harsher perspective.
While rioters like to believe that their actions are justified in most instances, the aftermath of destruction that is left in their wake is devastating. The video that you are about to see if a tough watch. A resident spends 15 minutes walking around and the silent tour says more than he ever could. “So if you’ve noticed I haven’t talked very much in this video,” he says, about 8 minutes in.
“I’m quiet in this video because I don’t really know what to say. My mind is blown…I used to live not too far away from this…This is where I did my grocery shopping, where I would go out to eat, where I would meet up with friends, go out to a bar…,” he continued. We can see where this man is coming from here, literally.
He refers to the area as a “desolate wasteland” and it’s hard to argue with this assessment. The scale of the damage is difficult for the average person to fathom. It’s like a bomb went off here. There’s one site that appears to be rebuilt and the rest remains torn down. Uncle Hugo’s science fiction book store? It’s now a pile of rubble and burnt pages.
This bookstore has been in existence for over 30 years but the protesters have reduced it to a pile of ashes and soot. The owner would like to clear all of the debris from the site but the city is holding him up with all sorts of legal red tape. He’s been told that the process will cost at least $100,000 and no progress is even being made.
It has to be frustrating to lose everything you have worked for in one fell swoop, just because the police have decided to stand down. To make matters worse, the city won’t step in to help out in any way, shape or form. The craziest part of all? Things could always be worse. Laura Ingraham is reporting about the damages as well and the conversations that she is having with local business owners are harrowing.
A local business owner recently lost everything to the rioters spoke out about their experience. Can you believe that their building was torched and that the city is billing them for what took place? A fence was put up around the building and the former owner was charged $3,700. This business owner has to pay the city of Minneapolis just to have his own rubble protected.
It’s also hard to believe that the damages took place within a few blocks of the 3rd precinct. The officers were too overwhelmed to do anything about it. The cops who were on the scene were even told to clean out their lockers. The precinct was essentially abandoned entirely because the city believed that defending it was not worth their time.
Mayor Frey believes that the damages might have been even worse and the saddest part of all is that he is right. If the officers had decided to open fire on the protesters who were attacking them, this story might have had a very different ending. The violence in the city would have continued to escalate without any end in sight.
It is going to take this area years to recover from all of the damages and who knows if they are ever going to be able to do so? We hope that this city is able to heal in the wake of all the damages. No business owner deserves to lose everything that they have worked for because of the actions of a few protesters.