(WCCO) What’s it like to be in Minneapolis right now as a longtime resident, someone who loves the city, its places and its people?
A police precinct was burned, nearly 200 businesses were also torched, robbed, vandalized or looted in the last three days following the death of George Floyd, a suspect in a minor crime who was caught on video gasping for air and begging a cop to remove his knee from his neck. The officer knelt on him for at least seven agonizing minutes in footage that set off violent riots across the region.
Looking at the chaos on monitors, WCCO’s sports reporter Henry Lake couldn’t control his emotions. Hear his raw reaction in the video above.
“I love this state, I love this city, I’m proud to be a Minnesotan, but at the same time I’m also a black man in America so when you see the city affected like this and you see businesses that are affected like this … and at the same time I have to wake up every day and be concerned about my safety and I have to be concerned about if I’m going to lose my life. And I have to navigate different things in our society. It’s stressful.”
He added, through tears, “It’s hard, it’s hard.”
Lake is a lifelong Minnesotan who has worked in radio for the last 20 years. Lake says he loves doing community work and supporting many different charitable organizations. He’s an avid fan of all Minnesota sports teams, specifically the Minnesota Timberwolves.