Minneapolis Businesses Sue City Over Lack Of Policing

Several businesses located in Minneapolis’ “George Floyd Square,” named after the career criminal who died in police custody in 2020, have filed lawsuits against the city government for failing to properly police the area amid skyrocketing crime.

In mid-November, multiple businesses filed a lawsuit against the city government of Minneapolis, Minnesota — arguing that “the area lacks police protection.” The businesses are seeking $1.5 billion in damages.

The area where these businesses are located was where George Floyd died in police custody. While the narrative claims that he was killed by Officer Derek Chauvin, other evidence has disputed these claims — showing that he may have died from a fentanyl overdose. His death sparked the 2020 George Floyd race riots, which led to the looting and destruction of hundreds of businesses across the United States, causing roughly $2 billion in damages and leading to the deaths of around two dozen people.

As these businesses are at the epicenter of this chaos, they have seen a significant lack of police response to crime in their area. According to the lawsuit, “The mayor, the city, the city council, and the Minneapolis Police Department collectively agreed to severely limit police response in the barricaded area surrounding plaintiffs’ businesses. Criminals know the area lacks police protection, and they have now made the area so dangerous that it has become known as the ‘No Go Zone.’”

One of the businesses suing the city is the infamous Cup Foods, the store where Floyd attempted to purchase goods with a fake $20 bill — sparking the incident that led to his death. Other stores involved in the lawsuit include a tobacco shop and an investment business, both of which are owned by the same family.

In response to the lawsuit, a spokesperson for the city of Minneapolis pointed out that the businesses have been offered other services in the aftermath of the riots and the COVID pandemic, such as forgivable COVID loans, enhanced technical assistance, and additional connections to external resources like relief funds — as if those resources would make up for the lack of policing and the resulting dangerous conditions.