A Minneapolis neighborhood that vowed not to call the cops after the death of George Floyd in police custody is now struggling with a 300-strong homeless encampment in a local park.
Residents have noticed an increase in traffic around Powderhorn Park as drug dealers seek to meet clients that have been displaced due to the civil unrest and rioting in the city.
Those in the community have agreed not to involve law enforcement to report property damage or criminal activity.
If anyone is in physical danger, they seek assistance from the American Indian Movement, a group founded in 1968 to address systemic issues of poverty and police brutality which has been policing its own communities for years.
Several residents of the progressive neighborhood, however, are finding it more difficult not to involve the police. Some have avoided the park completely, fearing for their children's safety. Others said they have had trouble sleeping at night, worrying campers may invade their homes.
"I'm not being judgmental," Carrie Nightshade, 44, told the New York Times. "It's not personal. It's just not safe.
Just last week, residents intervened when police gave homeless campers 72 hours to leave the park. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has since resolved not to evict people from any city park. It also called for additional funding for longer-term housing for those in the encampment, the Star Tribune reported.