Two Armed Men Guarding Storefronts Say They Support The Protests But Not The Looting [Video]
A small group of four men stood guard in front of Minneapolis businesses to help safeguard against posters. The men say they support the protest but not the looting. One man stated that their presence is also to deter police violence. The looting and rioting are in response to the death of George Floyd.
According to New York Post, two bearded men with long rifles strapped to their chests told a reporter for the Minnesota Reformer outside a tobacco shop that they supported the protests but not the violence that came with them.
“Basically you see the records that cops keep. And cops are a lot less likely to try and tread on people’s rights when there’s other armed Americans with them,” one of the men says in a video taken by the reporter, Max Nesterak. “I figured it’s about damn time that some heavily armed rednecks stood with fellow citizens.”
The man said the day before they showed up armed at the original protest site where Floyd, a black man, died after an encounter with Minionpolisis police. The cause of his death has become a hair-trigger for debate in recent days following two conflicting autopsies.
A second armed man told the Minnesota Reformer he and his friend had been roaming the city to see which store owners needed help.
“It turns out these guys are out here with machetes and shattered windows trying to keep looters out of the businesses ’cause cops can’t get in here,” the man in sunglasses says, as two other armed men wearing face masks appear in the video.
“So I figured before there were cops, there were just Americans, so here we are. Bottom line, justice for Floyd and I hope they stop looting at some point.”
Minneapolis defended into chaos last Wednesday night when looters began breaking into shops, even setting fire to a local Target. The protester also vandalized the 3rd Precinct police Department where the four officers involved in Floyd's death worked allegedly worked.
The FBI will reportedly be investigating the circumstances around Floyd's death because the officers were fired but not changed.