'It's like Ferguson 2.0:' Filmmaker from St. Louis is documenting Minneapolis protests

Chris Phillips describes the chaos in Minneapolis after George Floyd's death.

Carol Daniel
May 29, 2020 - 10:47 am

MINNEAPOLIS (KMOX) — A filmmaker who lived in Ferguson during the protests over the death of Michael Brown and the non-indictment of officer Darren Wilson is in Minneapolis documenting the protests there.

Chris Phillips says Wednesday night was like a scene out of a movie with police firing tear gas and flashbangs for six or seven hours. 

"People are using their Constitutional rights to protest and demonstrate," he told KMOX's Carol Daniel. "But without the law enforcement taking the proper steps and responsibility to give people guidance, it's just chaos."

Here's video he shared on Facebook live Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

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Reacting to the looting, Phillips tells KMOX there are always those in a mass protests willing to take advantage.

"I'm not saying they wanted to allow these things to happen, but at the same time, you can tell (these officers) are untrained and unfamiliar with how to handle these type of situations."

In the end, Phillips says he is disappointed and numb to see the familiar pain and frustration from residents in Minneapolis, calling it "Ferguson 2.0."

Whatever film he creates out of the Minneapolis protests through his company, "Ferguson 365", Phillips says he hopes it will educate views on systemic racism and social justice. 

Here's Phillips' videos from the Minneapolis protests Friday morning:

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