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'We have to protect our community: Native Americans launch patrols as protests threaten indigenous buildings

 

Police spray mace at protestors to break up a gathering near the Minneapolis Police third precinct after a white police officer was caught on a bystander's video pressing his knee into the neck of African-American man George Floyd, who later died at a hospital, in Minneapolis

Native Americans in Minneapolis have launched night patrols to protect their community, after a number of indigenous business were damaged or destroyed amid several days of protests and destruction.

Community leaders said while their understood the anger and sense of marginalisation that might lead residents – many of them African American – to set fire to buildings such as banks and liquor stores, many said destroying grocery stores and pharmacies merely hurt the community.

On Friday night, as a largely peaceful protest in south Minneapolis descended into acts of destruction, groups of Native American men boarded pick-up trucks and set off to patrol their neighbourhoods.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/george-floyd-protests-minneapolis-native-american-patrols-area-buildings-a9540531.html

 

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