"George Floyd Square," a citizen-constructed memorial for the black man who died after a confrontation with Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin last May, has been overtaken by a group of radical leftists who have declared it a "police-free" "autonomous zone."
"The situation at the memorial, from what I understand, is it's kind of volatile," a local citizen was quoted as saying. "People that want to go [to pay their respects to Floyd] doesn't feel a sense of inclusion. There is more of a like militant-type atmosphere over there and a sense of fear."
Much like the "autonomous zone" that took up several city blocks in Seattle, Washington, last summer, the George Floyd autonomous zone has reportedly descended into violence. One man who was allegedly shot in the zone had to be carried outside of it before emergency services could reach him. The man did not survive.
"It was made clear law enforcement was not welcome to penetrate that zone, which is an atrocity because his life was taken, and I mean who knows whether or not he would have survived had things been different," the resident explained.
Brian Entin, a reporter from NewsNation, was confronted by a masked militant occupying the zone as the journalist attempted to provide coverage of the scene.
"You're going to be in a bad situation in a second," the militant told Entin. "You're being called out for what you are, and you need to get out of here. You need to get in your car and go."
Entin did not immediately comply, attempting to explain he was "just media." As other masked militants began converging, they shouted that they did not "give a f***" who he was, and that he needed to leave immediately.
The occupiers have said that they will remain until all four officers at the scene of George Floyd's death are tried in court.