I’m a journalist with Reuters covering the protests in Minneapolis. Ask me anything!
EDIT: We're taking a break, but I'll come back to answer more later today. Thanks so much for your great questions.
My name is Julio-César Chávez and I’m a reporter/producer with Reuters currently covering the protests in Minneapolis after George Floyd was killed for the past week. Friday I covered the violence that broke out in Minneapolis with people breaking into stores and some buildings being set on fire, including a mechanic’s shop where he lost nine customer cars but was able to save his garage and ten other cars. Saturday I covered a peaceful protest when police ended up using tear gas and flash-bang grenades to break up the crowd after 8 pm curfew, and was one of the journalists injured by police when I was shot with rubber bullets.
I started with Reuters in Puerto Rico with Hurricane Maria and mostly covered immigration while living in El Paso, the shooting at Walmart, and was moved to DC two months ago to work with the television team. So if it’s about my current coverage, past experiences, or how hard it is to find good flour tortillas when moving from the Mexican border to DC go ahead and ask me anything. Please note that I am not permitted to answer questions about my personal views on the protests.