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Minneapolis racial firestorm began at Arab American-owned store

The Arab Daily News
03 Jul 2020, 17:37 GMT+10

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A firestorm of protests, arson and looting that has consumed Minneapolis and the nation over the police killing of George Floyd began at the counter of an Arab American grocery store, Cup Foods.

Employees working for Mahmoud Abumayyaleh, the store's owner, called Minneapolis police Monday after Floyd, 46, allegedly tried to use a counterfeit $20 bill twice to make a purchase.

"What took place outside after that was not in our hands," Abumayyaleh said in an NBC TV interview.

"The murder and execution was something done by the police and the abuse of power. The police brutality needs to stop," Abumayyaleh said adding he knew Floyd as a customer and someone who was always pleasant. He said he didn't know Floyd had died until the following morning.

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