MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (KTRK) -- Houston rapper and activist Trae Tha Truth arrived in Minneapolis on Friday, four days after fellow city native, George Floyd, died in police custody there.
"I'm not going for protesting. I'm going, period. I've always been a person to have my boots on the ground, and I just feel the need to be down there," he said.
Trae Tha Truth says Floyd was a friend of his. Floyd, 46, grew up in the Third Ward. He still has friends and family in Houston.
Since landing in the area, Trae told ABC13 he several other people from Houston have attended news conferences and rallies in support of Floyd. Trae also went to the area where Floyd was arrested.
"They need to understand Houston, Texas, is out there, and that was somebody's family. That was somebody's friend. That was somebody's father. That was somebody's brother. Somebody's uncle that they took away. Just a good person from Houston, and they're wrong for that," the rapper told ABC13.
Overnight, about 40 people were arrested in Minneapolis as protesters ransacked businesses. Protesters set fire to the police precinct near where Floyd died.
"It's not just about the protest. I need to go to that town," Trae Tha Truth told Eyewitness News before Friday. "I need to be in front of the house where the man who murdered him is at. I need to be where my homie lost his life."
Back at home, the Black Lives Matter group in Houston marched from Discovery Green to Houston City Hall in Floyd's name.