A Minneapolis small business owner gathered an armed group to protect her neighborhood and its residents when police stepped back amid rioting and looting that grew out of protests over the death of George Floyd in the city, according to a report.
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"Material things we can replace, that's true," Cesia Baires, founder of the group, Security Latinos De La Lake, says. "But there are families up here. These aren't empty buildings."
"It's not something that I would want, but we've seen how, for at least the first couple days, we were left alone," she says. "There were no cops that would come around. So what are we to do? Just stand there and do nothing?"
"I'm the one that's checking everyone," she says. "If you're up here with a gun and you're not supposed to be here and you don't have a license to carry, then I don't allow you to even go to the rooftop. Only people with guns are on the rooftop."
Security Latinos De La Lake taking matters into their own hands. Reminds me of my neighborhood (Echo Park) during the 1992 LA riots. Armed Latinos(as) coming together to protect the community and families. https://t.co/ThBeNznGR1— Hector Barajas (@HectorMBarajas) June 7, 2020
WATCH: Chief Medaria Arradondo announces plans to reform MPD (June 10th, 2020) Video Link: https://t.co/rG7NomDGOj— Minneapolis Police (@MinneapolisPD) June 10, 2020
NEW: The Minneapolis police chief says that the department is working to rebuild trust with the community:— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) June 10, 2020
"It’s going to be a heavy lift. It's going to be some hard work, but I am determined that we are going to be on the right side of history." https://t.co/vkHz9H1neW pic.twitter.com/WtfNkoSYLk
Minneapolis City Council announces support of disbanding police department | Just The News https://t.co/1V5zmxCuVh— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) June 8, 2020
If you live in Minneapolis you are being occupied by hostile pigs. We all need to keep each other safe. From the pigs and from the boogers and Nazis out here with real weapons while the protesters are armed with this pic.twitter.com/L7pTvFxHCD— Lucky Mud ❤️ 🖤🏴☠️ (@dreadpiratejene) June 8, 2020
Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender on the intent to defund and dismantle the city’s police department: “[We] have looked up ways we can shift the response away from our armed police officers... the groundwork is laid already”https://t.co/wpF6KVqkBv pic.twitter.com/RdYbkqEdhL— New Day (@NewDay) June 8, 2020