[Ed. – They carried firearms.]
A group of armed civilians successfully defended a pair of stores as riots tore through Minneapolis on Wednesday.
Protests about the police killing of George Floyd have escalated into riots that have torched many businesses in downtown Minneapolis. Four men, two white and two black, stood guard outside GM Tobacco and Sally Beauty Supply as rioters looted a Target store across the street and set other nearby businesses on fire.
“These guys are out here with machetes and shattered windows trying to keep looters out of their business because cops can’t get in here,” one of the armed men told Max Nesterak of the Minnesota Reformer. “So, I figure, before there were cops there were just Americans. So, here we are.”