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'Autonomous Zone' Occupants Threaten Reporter Near George Floyd Square

'Autonomous Zone' Occupants Threaten Reporter Near George Floyd Square
LED candles are placed beneath a portrait of George Floyd during a birthday celebration for him at a memorial site known as George Floyd Square on October 14, 2020. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Thursday, 11 March 2021 05:34 PM

A reporter filming a TV segment at the entrance of George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was confronted by two people who warned of a ''bad situation'' if he didn’t leave, video of the segment shows.

Brian Entin, a Miami-based journalist with NewsNation Now, on Tuesday was doing a stand-up report with a camera person near the scene where Floyd died at the hands of police officers on May 25 when the encounter occurred.

A Twitter video of his report shows a man and a woman, both wearing face masks and wearing black pants and jackets, approaching him from behind the barricade.

''You’re going to be in a bad situation in a second,'' the man tells Entin. ''You need to get out of here.'' The woman says, ''Please go.''

''We know what you are,'' the man then says. ''You need to get in your car and go.''

When Entin replies that he’s with the news media, the man says: ''I don’t give a f*** who you are. You need to get in your car and go.''

Entin is then seen walking away and continues to film his news segment, which includes footage of the perimeter of the several blocks that have been sealed off by people who have declared the area an ''autonomous zone.''

The area of Floyd’s death has gotten renewed attention as the murder trial of former officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial got underway Monday in downtown Minneapolis. Three other officers charged in Floyd’s killing will stand trial separately this summer.

John Elder, a public information officer with the Minneapolis Police Department, denied the ''autonomous zone'' is off-limits to police.

''Our officers are in there and they do go in and patrol,'' he told the Daily Mail on Thursday.

Retired Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, a spokeswoman for the National Police Association (NPA), told Fox News that demonstrators have been camping out for months in the "autonomous zone" set up in George Floyd Square.

"They just had a homicide there," Smith told Fox News, explaining that violence in the area has been an ongoing problem since last summer's riots. 

"There are businesses especially near the Third Precinct — that was allowed to burn down — that get robbed by the same people two to three times a week. There are citizens who just can’t get police services."

One woman told NewsNation Now that her nephew was shot and killed in the autonomous zone, describing it as a "militant," fear-filled atmosphere, Fox News reported.

"It was made clear law enforcement was not welcome to penetrate that zone, which is an atrocity because his life was taken, and who knows whether or not he would have survived had things been different?" she said.

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A reporter filming a TV segment at the entrance of George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was confronted by two people who warned of a ''bad situation'' if he didn't leave, video of the segment shows. Brian Entin, a Miami-based journalist with NewsNation Now, on...
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