Hennepin County Government Center plaza
Thousands packed the People’s Square outside the Government Center in downtown Minneapolis to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin Monday evening. People from across Minnesota came to the rally to support the civil rights prosecution of Zimmerman in a scene similar to rallies being held around the country. For 22-year-old Kyle Mason, the circumstances surrounding the Zimmerman verdict were nothing out of the ordinary. “The recent events of Trayvon Martin really bothered me but they don’t surprise me, which makes it even more bothersome,” Mason said.
A rally is planned for downtown Minneapolis to “demand justice” for Trayvon Martin, according to event organizers.
The Hennepin County sheriff’s office says its costs of patrolling a downtown Minneapolis protest have topped $200,000 in just over two weeks.
Hundreds of protesters demonstrating with Occupy Minnesota set up tents Friday afternoon in defiance of Hennepin County’s ban on tents in the Hennepin County Government Center plaza, where protesters have demonstrated since Oct. 7.
Hundreds of demonstrators continue to stream in and out of the Hennepin County Government Center plaza as some make plans to stay overnight spreading their anti-Wall Street message.