After four Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd last week, protests have been carried out in major cities across the country. While many of these protests have remained peaceful, some have escalated into riots or violent demonstrations.
One of these violent demonstrations left a Detroit father of five “devastated” after a crowd reportedly destroyed his home during a protest in George Floyd’s name.
A local Fox affiliate identified the man as Roderick Reynolds, who said he is “gonna just keep pushing” to provide for his family.
“I put my family first. I put every dollar I got into this house,” Reynolds told Fox, as the Daily Caller reports. “It’s a lot of stuff that I want, but I prioritize for my family. Every dollar. Every dollar I get I put into my house, and I take care of my kids.”
“It’s devastating for me, but I mean, I’m a big boy, so I’m gonna just keep on pushing,” he added.
Listen to Reynolds tell his own story below:
Detroit father of five loses home he’d been fixing up & work truck after raging blaze: “I’ve done everything right. How am I gonna tell my kids?” MORE: @FOX2News 6PM. DONATE: https://t.co/dtL77dXTOk pic.twitter.com/j0lAN2SYLv
— Erika Erickson (@FOX2Erika) June 4, 2020
The Daily Caller reports:
A GoFundMe was set up for Reynolds and his family, with the goal of raising $100,000. The goal was quickly surpassed, with 13,000 unique donors and over $300,000 in funds as of Friday morning.
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Protests have sprung up throughout the country in response to Floyd’s death after a video surfaced showing former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinning him to the ground shortly before his death while in custody. All four officers involved in the incident have been fired and charged with crimes related to Floyd’s death.
Some protests have turned violent and nearly every major city in the U.S. has experienced rioting. An estimated 15 people have died to-date in the riots — some civilian, some police force — and countless businesses and homes have been destroyed.
In the Minneapolis area, where the protests and riots began, many businesses have set up GoFundMe pages of their own to help rebuild.
At the time of publishing, the fundraiser had exceeded $480,000.