Minneapolis Business Owners Again Brace for Riots as Chauvin Trial Comes to a Close

Law enforcement officers gather near the Brooklyn Center Police Department after clearing out protesters as protests continue after the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minn., April 16, 2021. (Octavio Jones/Reuters)

Vandals forced their way into David Fhima’s Minneapolis restaurant last summer as riots erupted across the Twin Cities in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody.

They ransacked his business, located in a historic art deco building. They slashed his booths with knives; fired weapons, leaving bullet holes in the walls; tore out the point-of-sale systems; stole expensive bottles of wine and liquor, and smashed even more on the floor, including an $18,000 bottle of Louis XIII cognac.

In all, the vandals did almost a half million dollars of damage to Fhima’s restaurant. His insurance covered some of that, but

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Ryan Mills is a media reporter at National Review. He previously worked for 14 years as a breaking news reporter, investigative reporter, and editor at newspapers in Florida. Originally from Minnesota, Ryan lives in the Fort Myers area with his wife and two sons.


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