Kingfield Residents and Businesses:
While we are relieved that an arrest has been made today of the officer who killed George Floyd, we firmly believe that there is still much more work to be done in our neighborhood and the City of Minneapolis as a whole to demand justice. The work to address the racism and police violence displayed in the killing of George Floyd is the responsibility of every resident and organization in the City of Minneapolis. As one of those organizations, it is our promise to take on this work.
We know Kingfield residents, particularly our black indigenous neighbors of color, are impacted in a variety of ways and we want you to know we are here to stand with you and offer support.
As we are sure you have been following, the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police has grown to include damage to property throughout the city. For the last two nights, we have seen the impacted areas expand to include almost every neighborhood across South Minneapolis, including broken windows and damaged store fronts around 36th/ Nicollet and 36th/ Lyndale in Kingfield.
It is important to note that we are not aware of a known threat, demonstration or event planned in our neighborhood but in an abundance of caution, we are suggesting that you consider the following:
- Businesses should consider adjusting hours of business and secure your location via boarding windows or other precautionary measures.
- Businesses should consider removing potentially dangerous materials from your building and any items of value including cash boxes and safe contents.
- When at all possible, businesses and residents, do not confront or escalate anyone breaking into buildings or threatening property. If you must stay with your businesses, please plan a secondary exit.
- Kingfield residents and businesses should review any curfews or guidelines issued by the City/State official and stay in contact with loved ones. (Current curfew: May 29 & 30, 8 PM – 6 AM for all streets and public places.)
If you are looking for ways to help, KFNA has a list of community organized clean-ups and donation needs posted on our Facebook page (Kingfield Neighborhood Association) and website at www.kingfield.org. We will continue to add to this list in the coming weeks.
We will continue to communicate to the neighborhood as we get further information.
KFNA Board Executive Committee and Staff–
Chris DesRoches, KFNA Board President, on behalf of the KFNA Executive Committee
Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Executive Director