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‘Run Up Here And See What Happens’: Armed Civilians Protect Black Owned Businesses

In the midst of a weekend that will go down in history as the time our cities went up in flames, there are stories coming out of acts of bravery that should not be ignored. In Minneapolis of all places, there is one.

Black activists in Minnesota were seen arming themselves on Thursday to protect local businesses amid the looting and rioting following the death of George Floyd last week.

Floyd, 46, died Monday night after a police officer pressed his knee against his neck for more than eight minutes. Footage released of the incident showed Floyd shouting, “I cannot breathe” and, “Don’t kill me.”

In a video that went viral on Twitter, the civilians were captured holding automatic rifles outside of a local business in St. Paul, near Minneapolis — where Floyd died in police custody.

“Run up here and see what happens. … You see that? Black owned,” a person recording the video was heard saying as he highlighted the locally owned businesses Thursday. “Run up in this b—- or my momma we’re gonna do that to ya a–*”

The video was retweeted by an account called The Official Grand Master Jay, a man who reportedly leads a group called the Not F—ing Around Coalition (NFAC), which is described as an all-black militia comprised of mostly ex-military shooters, according to Reason Magazine. It reportedly has upwards of 15,000 members.

He has been using his social media accounts to showcase the group’s armed protests, the magazine reported.

Armed white civilians have also been captured on social media protecting businesses with high-powered weapons following the looting in the Twin Cities.

Written by Adam Kohen

Adam Kohen is a contributor to The Schpiel.

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