On July 4th, Somali youth in Minneapolis, Minnesota celebrated U.S. independence by firing off fireworks at each other and at police officers. One individual, however, was severely injured by an explosive and was captured on video bleeding out on the sidewalk.
In Northeast Minneapolis, Fourth of July celebrations got out of hand as young people began firing off Roman Candles at others, including police officers who tried to get involved to end the chaos.
Despite a large police presence and significant preparation, there were significant injuries, criminal behaviors, and arrests that the police force had to deal with throughout the night.
Near Boom Island Park, the Minneapolis Park Police responded to reports of about 40 youths targeting people and police officers with fireworks in Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s district which has been labeled “Little Somalia” due to the large number of refugees.
A 17-year-old male was taken into custody after launching mortars at police squad cars and has a pending second-degree assault charge.
Somali Youth in Minneapolis Firing Rockets At Police on July 4th 🚨🚨🚨 pic.twitter.com/yl1p0jS6Gf
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Rebecca Brannon, an independent photojournalist, bravely entered into the middle of the chaos to capture video of exactly how destructive everyone was being.
One of her videos from Boom Island shows large groups of young men firing rockets at each other and at Brannon.