An armed group of predominantly-black militia members have taken up arms to patrol the streets of Minneapolis since the death of BLM martyr George Floyd- and they’re actually pretty popular with the locals.
Formed in late May, the Minnesota Freedom Fighters have been helping other armed groups in deterring looting and violence during demonstrations, many of which have turned into full-scale rioting.
The MFF has drawn praise from some locals, with some seeing them as an integral part of community policing.
“It’s important to have men from the community step up for the community,” said Sasha Cotton, director of the city’s Office of Violence Prevention. “It’s their right to be out on the streets and it’s commendable. There are black residents who in the early days of the unrest felt vulnerable … and still do.”
The militia’s ranks include a retired firefighter, a healthcare worker and a veteran.
The MMF’s mission statement reads: “Our objective is not to be the police, but the bridge to link the police and the community together.”
The Daily Mail reports that the group are reportedly in communication with local police precinct commanders and have met with Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, who is also black.
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