Businesses File Lawsuit Against Minneapolis Government Over Rising Crime

Since 2020, crime has reached unprecedented levels in Minnesota, following riots that year by Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters after the death of longtime criminal George Floyd.

As a result of high crime, several businesses in The North Star State are taking legal action against the city government for refusing to secure the so-called “George Floyd Square” in Minneapolis.

Multiple businesses recently joined together in filing a lawsuit against Minneapolis’ city government in November 2023, accusing it of failing to secure the “George Floyd Square” because police presence was inadequate.

Since 2022, the area has been blocked off with concrete barriers, setting the stage for violent crime to take place, as reported by the Associated Press (AP).

The combination of lack of police presence and blocking the area has led it to be ripe with crime, the lawsuit states.

“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,” the lawsuit adds, per the AP. “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.’”

Notably, one of the businesses included in the lawsuit is Cup Foods, where Floyd tried to allegedly use a $20 counterfeit bill in 2020, which led to his encounter with law enforcement, as reported by the Daily Caller.

Some of the other businesses include a tobacco shop and an investment business, both of which are owned by the same family.

Considering the high crime and the city government’s failure to properly secure the “George Floyd Square,” the businesses are seeking $1.5 million in damages.

The city government said that it extended several services to the businesses during the summer riots of 2020 after Floyd’s death and when the COVID-19 pandemic reached the U.S.

Riots ensued in Minnesota in May 2020 after then-police officer Derek Chauvin was seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes.

Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in April 2020, the Daily Caller reported. The former police officer was recently the victim of a stabbing in prison.