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Photos show armed civilians guarding business from looters as riots continue in Minnesota

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 4/13/2021 Emma Colton
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Armed civilians were seen guarding a business as riots continued outside of Minneapolis following the Sunday police shooting of Daunte Wright.

“Some Brooklyn Center stores are being protected by civilians with firearms. The looters have stayed away from these places,” Townhall’s Julio Rosas (formerly of the Washington Examiner) said on Twitter Monday night, accompanied by photos.

He also posted other videos and photos showing rioters allegedly throwing projectiles at police and looters storming a Dollar Tree store.

'RUN UP IN HERE AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS': BLACK GUN OWNERS GUARD BUSINESSES TO PROTECT AGAINST LOOTING IN MINNEAPOLIS

Wright, 20, died in the Minneapolis suburb during a traffic stop after police discovered he had an outstanding warrant and tried to arrest him. Wright was seen struggling with police and attempting to flee in his car before being shot.

Wright had reportedly failed to appear in court on charges that he fled officers in June and was in possession of a gun without a permit.

His death quickly spread on social media and sparked riots in the area Sunday night, with police deploying rubber bullets and tear gas on the crowds.

One officer was injured by the riots on Sunday, according to Police Chief Tim Gannon of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

“The officers that were putting themselves in harm's way were being pelted with frozen cans of pop, they were being pelted with concrete blocks,” Gannon said Monday.

“Yes, we had our helmets on. We had other protection gear. But an officer was injured, hit in the head with a brick. … He was transported to the hospital. So, we had to make decisions, we had to disperse the crowd because we can’t allow our officers to be harmed.”

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The summer of 2020 saw near-constant riots and protests after George Floyd died in Minneapolis. Some business owners were also seen standing guard with guns outside their establishments to fend off looters.

Several black gun owners were seen standing outside local businesses in St. Paul, Minnesota, carrying firearms last May as riots raged, for example, while other armed citizens were seen walking the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, last August in a bid to protect businesses from looters.

Tags: News, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Daunte Wright, Riots, Second Amendment

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