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USA: Armed civilians guard Minneapolis streets from looting and chaos03:08

USA: Armed civilians guard Minneapolis streets from looting and chaos

United States, Minneapolis
June 5, 2020 at 04:34 GMT -00:00 · Published

Armed civilians descended on the streets of Minneapolis on Thursday, organising patrols during the George Floyd riots.

The group of vigilantes, who had gathered to stand guard at street corners and outside local stores and protect them from looting, said that local police agreed to their presence.

"They understood what we were doing with their short staff of maintaining control and other areas that we would kind of help them out here. So it's kind of been a partnership," explained Jamil Jackson, a local who took part in the patrols.

The group, according to Jackson, also wanted to avoid militarisation of the neighbourhood, being the first responders when tense situations arise.

During the riots ignited by George Floyd's death, stores in Minneapolis were looted and set ablaze, despite State Governor Tim Walz's call to keep the protests peaceful.

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Armed civilians descended on the streets of Minneapolis on Thursday, organising patrols during the George Floyd riots.

The group of vigilantes, who had gathered to stand guard at street corners and outside local stores and protect them from looting, said that local police agreed to their presence.

"They understood what we were doing with their short staff of maintaining control and other areas that we would kind of help them out here. So it's kind of been a partnership," explained Jamil Jackson, a local who took part in the patrols.

The group, according to Jackson, also wanted to avoid militarisation of the neighbourhood, being the first responders when tense situations arise.

During the riots ignited by George Floyd's death, stores in Minneapolis were looted and set ablaze, despite State Governor Tim Walz's call to keep the protests peaceful.

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