Scanning the George Floyd Protests

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What’s it like to scan during moments of major unrest?

In this episode, Phil is joined by listener Brad, from Minnesota, to talk about scanning during the George Floyd protests. They discuss what Brad found to listen to during the first week of protests in Minneapolis, what surprised him, and how things are now.



What You Will Learn in This Week’s Podcast:

  • Brad did what Phil suggests and thinks outside the box, programming his scanner with more than he ever thought he would need to listen to.
  • Brad has been involved with this hobby for over 50 years, having bought his first scanner when he was 12 years old.
  • Brad always tries to remember that while this is a hobby to him, what he’s hearing is a tragedy to somebody else.
  • Minneapolis has had a lot of peaceful protests, so at first listening to this wasn’t unusual or concerning.
  • During the second night of the protests, Brad was surprised not to hear any fire department response to the fires being set around the 3rd Precinct, and he knew exactly which stations should be answering.
  • Brad started also following this on Facebook live streams and other broadcasts.
  • On the third night, the protests and police activity spread to the 5th Precinct, even closer to Brad’s home.

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