WATCH: Armed citizens are attempting to stop looters in Minneapolis
“Before there were cops, there were just Americans. So, here we are.”
“Justice for Floyd but we don’t support looting…”@maxnesterak
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 28, 2020
These two men, rifles slung, were out in front of a Minneapolis tobacconist during the rioting last night, keeping looters from ravaging the store and destroying the owner’s livelihood. The comments of one of the men make perfectly clear the extent to which what happened to George Floyd has damaged the relationship between police and the community.
“Bascially, you’ve seen the records the cops keep. And the cops are a lot less likely to try and tread on people’s rights when there’s other armed Americans with them. …I figured it’s about damn time some heavily armed rednecks stood with fellow citizens.”
So the two men came out to protect a local business. Citizen first-responders. Minnesota’s version of rooftop Koreans.
As the two make clear in this video clip, they fully support those protesting the death of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers, just not the violence.
“We definitely don’t agree with the looting. But we do agree with the cause of the protest.”