Minnesota Man With Tulsa Roots Shares His Perspective On Floyd Inspired Protests

Wednesday, June 10th 2020, 4:39 pm
By: Jonathan Cooper

TULSA, Okla. -

A Tulsa veteran who recently moved to Minneapolis is describing the aftermath of George Floyd's death in the Twin Cities.

Shannon Matthews was born and raised in Tulsa but moved to Minneapolis for a job a few years ago and he's been documenting everything that's been happening through his cell phone. Matthews say he lives a few miles from where George Floyd was killed.

In the days after the riots and looting he walked through his neighborhood to look at some of the damage. He says hundreds of buildings were damaged or destroyed. During his time in the military Matthews says he helped out with disaster relief including Hurricane Andrew, Katrina and earthquakes in Haiti. He says some of the damage in Minnesota reminds him of those experiences but says in the days after people have been coming together to clean up and work together.

"If you went out to the same areas which I shared the pictures with you, you wouldn't even notice it that much, it's been a lot of clean up. It's been like night and day," said Matthews.

Matthews says there have been protests in different areas throughout the Twin Cities and says he's wanting to document history throughout all of it.