By G9ija

A white venture capitalist who threatened to call 911 on a group of African American entrepreneurs working out in a Minneapolis gym has had his office lease terminated.

Tom Austin, the managing partner of F2 Group, was filmed challenging the men inside the Mozaic East building, in Uptown, on Tuesday night, telling them ‘I’m a tenant here. Are you?’ before threatening to call the police.

The men, who own social media agency Top Figure, responded to Austin’s hounding by informing him they also have an office in the building and reserve the right to use its amenities.

The altercation, which took place the same night video emerged of George Floyd dying in police custody in the city, led to Austin’s company losing its lease in the building on Wednesday.  

There has been days of unrest in Minneapolis over Floyd’s death at the hands of four white cops, one of whom knelt on his neck for six minutes until he lost consciousness during his arrest for allegedly trying to use a fake $20 bill. 

Should have handled it differently,’ Austin told the Star Tribune in an emailed statement. ‘Not my job to have done anything.

The men who uploaded the video of Austin say the footage offers yet another stark example of racial profiling in action.  

‘I’m Tom Austin,’ the venture capitalist is heard saying in the video of the dispute. ‘I’m a tenant in the building — are you?’

The men in the group, who are all black, respond to Austin confirming that they’re all tenants, but decline Austin’s repeated requests to disclose what office they’re in. 

Austin persists, however, asking ‘What office? What office are you in?’ to which the group of men say they do not have to answer his questions. Austin then threatens to call the police. 

As Austin reaches for his phone, one of the group is heard saying: ‘As you guys can see, we’re dealing with racism here.’ On the phone, Austin can be heard saying 'there's a whole bunch of people who don't appear to be...' before his conversation becomes inaudible

On the phone, Austin can be heard saying ‘there’s a whole bunch of people who don’t appear to be…’ before his conversation becomes inaudibleThere has been days of unrest in Minneapolis over Floyd's death at the hands of four white cops, one of whom knelt on his neck for six minutes until he lost consciousness during his arrest for allegedly trying to use a fake $20 bill

There has been days of unrest in Minneapolis over Floyd’s death at the hands of four white cops, one of whom knelt on his neck for six minutes until he lost consciousness during his arrest for allegedly trying to use a fake $20 bill

On the phone, Austin can be heard saying ‘there’s a whole bunch of people who don’t appear to be…’ before his conversation becomes inaudible. 

Though he threatened to call authorities, Austin actually called the building manager, who confirmed the men do indeed have a lease in the WeWork section of the building. 

In an interview with Business Insider, Austin said the property’s building manager had previously emailed tenants about concerns that non-tenants had been using the gym, and that he had not seen the men use their individual key FOBs.

According to the StarTribune, Austin has since had his lease with the building terminated by the owners of the building the Ackerberg Group.

‘My heart hurts,’ said Stuart Ackerberg, CEO of Ackerberg Group, to the Tribune. ‘This is not how we do business. … I’m alarmed by what I saw. It appears they had every right to be there and to use that amenity.’

Ackerberg said he spoke to Austin the day after the incident, saying that he told him he did not think the situation was handled well, and that there were other ways he could have approaching it.  

‘It’s unfortunate. Our goal is to create a safe and inviting experience for everybody,’ he added.     One of the businessmen from Top Figure filmed the confrontation with Austin, who has reportedly since had his lease terminated by the business that owns the building

One of the businessmen from Top Figure filmed the confrontation with Austin, who has reportedly since had his lease terminated by the business that owns the buildingTop Figure is a social media and branding agency and based in the building in Minneapolis, pictured above. The posted the video of Austin to their Instagram account.

Top Figure is a social media and branding agency and based in the building in Minneapolis, pictured above. The posted the video of Austin to their Instagram account. 

Austin has since apologized for his conduct. He said; ‘Yes, I f****d up. Should have handled it differently. Not my job to have done anything. Building management had been complaining that tenants were allowing their friends to trespassing and use a private gym that was authorized only for building tenants. 

‘Said hello to everyone when I walked in. But after working out for 10 minutes, I noticed that one of the tenants seemed to have brought 4 friends and I complained to them that this isn’t right.

‘One guy was letting his other 4 friends in and out of the building with his pass card FOB. Four guys didn’t have a FOB. When I said something, they got in my face accusing me of racial profiling. I said it wasn’t racial profiling and it was all about suspicious activity/behavior. Because they were in my face and didn’t have pass cards, I took photos and called the property manager. I only called the building property manager! Never called 911.

‘When I left the gym, at the end of the night I said “Have a great night, hope we’re good.” and did a fist bump with each of them! There is way more to the story. Fake news!’ 

Along with the video of the confrontation, Top Figure posted a statement about the incident on Instagram, explaining that they all pay rent at the office space and have built their business there for a year and a half. 

‘Normally we don’t speak out about encounters of racial profiling and age discrimination that we face day to day in our lives as young black entrepreneurs. 

‘Although today May 26th 2020 7:51 p.m. we encountered a situation where a man entered the facility, a shared private gym that we utilize in our office located in uptown Minnesota.

‘Granted we’ve been in this office space and have rented and grown our business for the past 1 year and half here. As we were working out this man approached and immediately asked us who we were and if “WE BELONG” in this building. 

‘Granted in order to enter the building you NEED a key card to enter EVERY part of the building which EACH of our team members individually have.

‘We all pay rent here and this man demanded that we show him our key cards or he will call the cops on us. We are sick and tired of tolerating this type of behavior on a day to day basis and we feel that we had to bring light onto this situation,’ the post concluded. 

The men have not yet responded to a DailyMail.com request for comment. 

Austin said that he and the men continued to exercise together in the gym, telling Business Insider that he thought he was being helpful, and that the argument had blown over after they went their separate ways.

The incident has gained significant attention on social media, with Top Figure’s post on Instagram being liked by more than 50,000 people.

It is the third racially charged incident that has hit the headlines this week. On Monday, a video was shared on social media showing a white police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd – a black man – for over 8 minutes until he died.

The incident has sparked protests in Minneapolis and public outrage against police brutality, and the four MPD police officers involved have been fired, with further investigations pending.Tom Austin is the CEO of a Minneapolis venture capital company called F2.

Tom Austin is the CEO of a Minneapolis venture capital company called F2.George Floyd was filmed Monday begging the Minneapolis cop to stop kneeling on him and telling him he could not breathe before he lost consciousness and later died

George Floyd was filmed Monday begging the Minneapolis cop to stop kneeling on him and telling him he could not breathe before he lost consciousness and later diedFloyd's killing in Minneapolis has provoked days of unrest in Minneapolis, cluminating in looting last night, pictured.

Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis has provoked days of unrest in Minneapolis, cluminating in looting last night, pictured.  

On the same day at around 8 a.m., a white woman named Amy Cooper, 41, was walking her dog off the leash in Central Park in New York, when a black man  – Christian Cooper, who was out bird watching – asked if she could put her dog on the leash.

In response to the calm request, Cooper hysterically called the police, howling that an ‘African American man is trying to threaten my life’. 

She has since been terminated from her job as head of insurance investment solutions at Franklin Templeton on Tuesday, having been placed on administrative leave a day earlier. 

Following the backlash against Cooper’s actions, New York State Lawmakers Assemblyman Felix Ortiz and Senator Brian Benjamin introduced new legislation Tuesday that would make falsely reporting an incident as a hate crime illegal, should it pass. 

While the NYPD say they’ll not be pursuing charges against Cooper, the New York City Commission on Human Rights has announced that it’s launching its own investigation into the matter, calling the incident ‘unacceptable’. 

She called the cops and told them an African-American man was threatening her life after he simply asked her to put her dog on a leash in Central Park on Monday
Christian explained to NBC News: 'If the habitat is destroyed we won’t be able to go there to see the birds, to enjoy the plantings. The only way they can keep the dog from eating the treat is to put it on a leash. At some point, she decided I’m gonna play the race card, I guess'

Also Monday,  Woman calls cops on black man after he asks her to put dog on a leash

Before her termination was announced, Cooper told CNN she wanted to ‘publicly apologize to everyone’, and insisted she isn’t a racist and didn’t intend to inflict any harm on the African-American community.

‘I’m not a racist. I did not mean to harm that man in any way,’ she told the network. ‘I think I was just scared. When you’re alone in the Ramble, you don’t know what’s happening. It’s not excusable, it’s not defensible.’

Cooper says that now the video has sparked widespread outrage online, her ‘entire life is being destroyed right now’. 

The incident has since been cited as yet another example of white people calling the police on African-Americans for unnecessary reasons, in acts many interpret to be fueled by racial prejudice.

‘I videotaped it because I thought it was important to document things,’ Cooper, a Harvard graduate, later explained to NBC New York. 

‘We live in an age of Ahmaud Arbery where black men are gunned down because of assumptions people make about black men, black people, and I’m just not going to participate in that,’ he continued. ‘I’m not going to participate in my own dehumanization.

The Mayor of Minneapolis says he believes George Floyd would still be alive today if he had been white, as it’s revealed the 46-year-old black man was arrested, pinned to the ground, and ‘murdered’ by cops for allegedly trying to pay at a local deli with a counterfeit $20 bill. 

Floyd, a father of two, died on Monday night after a white police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes in an incident that was captured on video and has sparked violent protests and riots in the city that left one looter dead.

In widely circulated footage of his arrest, Floyd was seen on the ground with his hands cuffed behind his back as white officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the pavement until he lost consciousness and later died.      

In an interview with CNN on Thursday, Mahmoud Abumayyaleh, the co-owner of Cup Foods deli, broke his silence revealing one of his employees had called the police after Floyd allegedly handed them a bogus bill.

The store owner said a family member then witnessed Floyd being restrained and tried to intervene, reportedly asking the officer to take his knee off the man.  

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said earlier this morning that he considers Floyd’s death to be a murder. 

‘I’m not a prosecutor, but let me be clear. The arresting officer killed someone,’ he told CBS. 

‘He’d be alive today if he were white.’ The facts that I’ve seen, which are minimal, certainly lead me down the path that race was involved.’ 

Chaos continues: A shirtless man was seen running near a burning building in downtown Minneapolis after a night of unrest and protests over George Floyd's death

Chaos continues: A shirtless man was seen running near a burning building in downtown Minneapolis after a night of unrest and protests over George Floyd’s deathPeople stand on a burned up car as fires burn near a Target Store after demonstrations and riots turned violent

People stand on a burned up car as fires burn near a Target Store after demonstrations and riots turned violentSmokes was seen filling the sky in city early Thursday after chaos erupted on the streets for a second night

Smokes was seen filling the sky in city early Thursday after chaos erupted on the streets for a second night George Floyd

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he believes George Floyd would still be alive today if he were a white man

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said on Thursday he believes George Floyd would still be alive today if he had been a white manA suspected looter was shot dead outside the Cadillac Pawn shop on Wednesday while businesses including Wendy's, Target, Walmart and AutoZone were ransacked and some set alight by rioters

A suspected looter was shot dead outside the Cadillac Pawn shop on Wednesday while businesses including Wendy’s, Target, Walmart and AutoZone were ransacked and some set alight by rioters Mayor Jacob Frey has called for the white officer who knelt on Floyd's neck to be criminally charged on Wednesday

Officer Derek Chauvin (pictured) was identified as the officer pinning him down in video footage that was widely shared on Tuesday Mahmoud Abumayyaleh (center) the co-owner of Cup Foods deli where Floyd allegedly tried to pass a bogus bill, broke his silence on Thursday revealing it was one of his employees who reported him to the police

Mahmoud Abumayyaleh (center) the co-owner of Cup Foods deli where Floyd allegedly tried to pass a bogus bill, broke his silence on Thursday revealing it was one of his employees who reported him to the police

The mayor’s comments come a day after he publicly called for the police officer involved in Floyd’s death – who has since been identified as Derek Chauvin – to be arrested and criminally charged.  

All four police officers involved in the fatal arrest were fired on Tuesday and have been identified as Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J Alexander Kueng. 

Frey said that most people, especially people of color, would already be behind bars over the incident, and urged Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to lay charges on the officer.   

‘I’ve wrestled with, more than anything else over the last 36 hours, one fundamental question: “Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?”‘ he said. 

He later added: ‘I saw no threat. I saw nothing that would signal that this kind of force was necessary.’ 

Abumayyaleh, who said he did not see Floyd resisting arrest, revealed the incident was also captured on the grocery store’s surveillance camera but cannot be shared publicly because it is under investigation.  

He said Floyd had already exited the store after one of his workers had noticed the cash he used was fake.

‘My staff called the police, practicing protocol, and when the police arrived Floyd was still outside and that’s when they approached him,’ he said.   

‘I viewed [the footage] and what I see was devastating. It was very heartbreaking, and our condolences go out to the family and friends of George Floyd.  

‘Our camera angle shows exactly what was reported by the outside bystander. What I see is exactly what you see, ‘ he addedThe store owner revealed the grocery store has copped backlash following Floyd's killing

The store owner revealed the grocery store has copped backlash following Floyd’s killing Minneapolis Department Police Chief John Elder confirmed in a midnight press conference that one person was shot and killed and that another person was being held in custody. Pictured: Scores of people were seen in the streets as fires raged around them amid conflicts with police

Minneapolis Department Police Chief John Elder confirmed in a midnight press conference that one person was shot and killed and that another person was being held in custody. Pictured: Scores of people were seen in the streets as fires raged around them amid conflicts with policePolice chief John Elder slammed the actions of looters which he branded 'disrespectful' to Floyd's family and to the protesters gathering peacefully to demand justice over his death

Police chief John Elder slammed the actions of looters which he branded ‘disrespectful’ to Floyd’s family and to the protesters gathering peacefully to demand justice over his deathFrey pointed out that most civilians would already be in jail if they had done with police officer was seen doing in the video

Frey pointed out that most civilians would already be in jail if they had done with police officer was seen doing in the video 

Cup Foods, which has been a part of the community for over 30 years, has been in the background of riots and protests over Floyd’s killing and has also received backlash from angry residents, Abumayyaleh said. 

‘Although we have a village of supporters behind us, there’s a small percentage of people who are angry and want answers, and we understand that.

‘But let’s take that anger towards the people who took the action against the individual that killed. Let’s take that anger and use it towards bridging and fixing the problem in our system that is causing minorities in this country to be killed,’ he said.

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Minneapolis as well as Los Angeles to demand justice in the wake of Floyd’s death.   

The case has been compared to the 2014 killing of Eric Garner and has reignited tensions between law enforcement and the black community with questions being raised over police officers’ use of force on black suspects, particularly over a non-violent offense. 

Cops were reported to have located Floyd in his car near 38th and Chicago Ave in south Minneapolis on Monday after receiving calls of a ‘forgery in progress’ and alleged he got out of the car before ‘physically resisting officers’. 

However additional footage from the scene later emerged casting doubt on the version of events as it appears to show Floyd cooperating with officers as he is manhandled out of his vehicle and placed in handcuffs.  

Protests over Floyd’s death entered their second day on Wednesday night, with chaos and disruption spilling onto the streets of Minneapolis as protesters clashed with police.   

The demonstrations took a violent turn when a suspected looter was shot dead outside a pawn shop.

Minneapolis Department Police Chief John Elder confirmed in a midnight press conference that one person was shot and killed and that another person was being held in custody. 

Elder said officers had responded to reports of a possible stabbing at around 9.25pm between Bloomington and Lake Street.

The body of a man – who medics later confirmed had been shot – was found lying on the sidewalk outside the Cadillac Pawn shop by police officers who performed CPR on him. 

News helicopter footage showed protesters milling in streets near Minneapolis’s 3rd Precinct station, with some running in and out of nearby stores. 

A Target, a Cub Foods, a Dollar Tree and an auto parts store all showed signs of damage and looting. As darkness fell, fire erupted in the auto parts store, and city fire crews rushed to control it. Protesters set other fires in the street.

Officers could be seen surrounding the nearby precinct, not attempting to intervene in the looting.

Multiple fires burned early Thursday at buildings and smoke hung over the city. Fire crews worked to put out flames. Blocks of buildings with broken-out windows and other damage from looting were seen, and KSTP-TV reported that some people were seen going through buildings.

Outside a GM Tobacco store, a group of four men with huge firearms were seen and said they had come to protect local businesses from looters,

During the riots, a woman in a wheelchair was punched in the head and sprayed with a fire extinguisher after trying to block protesters – allegedly with a knife in her hand. 

Elder said that ‘everything was done that we could do to try to preserve this man’s life’ but the adult male died in hospital. Some cars were also set alight during the clashes overnight. One vehicle was seen entirely burned out as flames continued to leap around its wheel arches

Some cars were also set alight during the clashes overnight. One vehicle was seen entirely burned out as flames continued to leap around its wheel archesThere was carnage in stores which had been looted, with smashed bottles and other goods strewn over the floor

There was carnage in stores which had been looted, with smashed bottles and other goods strewn over the floorTarget was also broken into and looted and rioters were seen standing outside the store with their arms in the air. They had also sprayed graffiti on the store's sign

Target was also broken into and looted and rioters were seen standing outside the store with their arms in the air. They had also sprayed graffiti on the store’s sign

The police chief refused to confirm reports that the shooter was the owner of the pawn shop who shot the victim dead because he was looting his store.  

He said this was ‘one theory’ but that police are investigating ‘a couple of different scenarios that might have happened’.

Elder would not divulge what the other scenarios are. He added that there had been no other reports of injuries among protesters or police officers.

The police chief also slammed the actions of looters and rioters which he branded ‘disrespectful’ to Floyd’s family and to all the protesters who gathered peacefully to demand justice over his death. 

‘If people are there to truly honor the man and his family this isn’t how you do it and it’s so disrespectful and it’s heartbreaking,’ he said. 

‘People are utilizing this as a purpose just to make bad decisions.’ 

A source told KSTP that the city has requested support from the National Guard to bring the violence under control.  

State troopers are called in and Minneapolis Mayor asks for National Guard’s help as city braces for a third night of violence after a looter is killed in George Floyd protests and stores are torched and ransacked

Minneapolis was bracing for a third night of violence Thursday after George Floyd protests in the city turned deadly Wednesday evening. 

State troopers have already been called in and Mayor Jacob Frey asked for the National Guard’s help after one suspected looter was fatally shot and stores were left ransacked and torched by armed vigilantes. 

Shocking images Thursday morning show the widespread destruction left in the wake of the protests over the death of Floyd in police custody on Monday. 

Chaos first erupted Tuesday after footage showed a white police officer knelt on the father-of-two’s neck for eight minutes. By Wednesday stores including Wendy’s, Target, Walmart and AutoZone had been looted, ransacked and some set alight before rioters tried to bust open an ATM. State cops wielded batons and wore body armour and helmets as they lined up against the rioters

State cops wielded batons and wore body armour and helmets as they lined up against the riotersMayor Jacob Frey on Thursday asked Governor Tim Walz for the Minnesota National Guard's assistance ahead of more expected protests this evening: there are up to 60 state troopers already on the ground

Mayor Jacob Frey on Thursday asked Governor Tim Walz for the Minnesota National Guard’s assistance ahead of more expected protests this evening: there are up to 60 state troopers already on the groundShocking images Thursday show the widespread destruction left in the wake of the protests Wednesday

Shocking images Thursday show the widespread destruction left in the wake of the protests Wednesday

Mayor Frey on Thursday asked Governor Tim Walz for the Minnesota National Guard’s assistance ahead of more expected protests this evening. FOX 9 reports up to 60 state troopers are already on the ground. 

The mayor tweeted: ‘Please, Minneapolis, we cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy. The area along Lake has become unsafe. We are asking for your help in keeping the peace tonight.’ 

A suspected looter was shot dead outside a pawn shop; Minneapolis Department Police Chief John Elder confirmed the death in a midnight press conference.  

Elder said officers had responded to reports of a possible stabbing at around 9.25pm between Bloomington and Lake Street. The body of a man – who medics later confirmed had been shot – was found lying on the sidewalk outside the Cadillac Pawn shop by police officers who performed CPR on him.  

Videos also showed what was reported to be an apartment building entirely engulfed by flames as rioters stood and watched and the fire department was nowhere to be seen. An AutoZone store was also one of those which was set on fire. 'Please, Minneapolis, we cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy', Mayor Frey tweeted Wednesday evening

‘Please, Minneapolis, we cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy’, Mayor Frey tweeted Wednesday eveningNews of the shooting death topped off a night of chaos across the city as looters ransacked and set fire to stores

News of the shooting death topped off a night of chaos across the city as looters ransacked and set fire to storesJohn Elder, Minneapolis Department Police Chief confirmed in a press conference that one person was shot and killed and that another person was being held in custody

 John Elder, Minneapolis Department Police Chief confirmed in a press conference that one person was shot and killed and that another person was being held in custody

Outside a GM Tobacco store, a group of four men with huge firearms were seen and said they had come to protect local businesses from looters,

During the riots, a woman in a wheelchair was punched in the head and sprayed with a fire extinguisher after trying to block protesters – allegedly with a knife in her hand. 

Floyd’s family’s lawyer Ben Crump had issued a statement urging protesters to act peacefully on Wednesday night and to not ‘sink to the level of our oppressors’.

‘The community is understandably and rightfully upset by the wrongful death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, and their grief and outrage are pouring out onto the streets of Minneapolis. We share these painful emotions and demand justice, but we also urge everyone who wishes to raise their voice to engage in peaceful protests and observe social distancing,’

‘We cannot sink to the level of our oppressors, and we must not endanger others during this pandemic. We will demand and ultimately force lasting change by shining a light on treatment that is horrific and unacceptable and by winning justice.’ Protesters held placards aloft as they came up against police. One read 'stop killer cops'

Protesters held placards aloft as they came up against police. One read ‘stop killer cops’Several buildings were set on fire during the violent protests, including an apartment building which was under construction

Several buildings were set on fire during the violent protests, including an apartment building which was under constructionSome rioters had their faces covered with balaclavas, masks and cloths as they watched fires rage around them

Some rioters had their faces covered with balaclavas, masks and cloths as they watched fires rage around them

Elder said that ‘everything was done that we could do to try to preserve this man’s life’ but the adult male died in hospital. 

The police chief refused to confirm reports that the shooter was the owner of the pawn shop who shot the victim dead because he was looting his store.  

He said this was ‘one theory’ but that police are investigating ‘a couple of different scenarios that might have happened’.

Elder would not divulge what the other scenarios are. He added that there had been no other reports of injuries among protesters or police officers.

The police chief also slammed the actions of looters and rioters which he branded ‘disrespectful’ to Floyd’s family and to all the protesters who gathered peacefully to demand justice over his death. 

‘If people are there to truly honor the man and his family this isn’t how you do it and it’s so disrespectful and it’s heartbreaking,’ he said. 

‘People are utilizing this as a purpose just to make bad decisions.’  

News of the shooting death topped off a night of chaos and destruction across the city as rioters stripped shelves bare, set fire to stores and tried to break into a bank.  Looters steal goods from a Target store in Minneapolis in the midst of the second day of protests over George Floyd's death

Looters steal goods from a Target store in Minneapolis in the midst of the second day of protests over George Floyd’s death 

Looters were also seen wearing masks as they ransacked a Target store and dragged piles of goods out in shopping carts 

Footage on social media showed car parts company AutoZone up in flames as people were seen hurling rocks through its windows. 

Another structure, said to be a new apartment building, was filmed as flames entirely engulfed it and made it collapse. 

With the fire department initially nowhere to be seen, reports on social media said they were being forced to stay away because of the violent rioters.  

Stores and building near the fire were being splashed with water by citizens in an effort to stop the flames spreading. They were pictured filling buckets from fire hydrants. 

Fire fighters were then seen spraying buildings including the Schooner tavern which had also caught fire. 

At the Target store near the site of Floyd’s arrest, the inside of the store lay in ruins, with stock depleted of all goods and the remaining merchandise flung across the floor.

Witnesses reported thieves using power tools to break open cash registers and trying to access the store’s safes, before it too was set alight and seen engulfed in flames.  

Rioters then turned to a Wendy’s where they sprayed graffiti on the walls before moving onto a bank – trying to bust it open and raid the ATMs.    

A woman in a wheelchair was also punched in the head and sprayed with a fire extinguisher after trying to block protesters – allegedly with a knife in her hand.

The woman claimed she was ‘peacefully protesting’ to stop people from looting a Target store, but she was quickly set upon by a crowd who subdued her. 

The crowd outside the Target store shouted that the woman had a knife, and footage showed her holding what appeared to be a sharp object. 

Named online as Jennifer, she later said she had been ‘punched in the head several times’ before others tried to restrain her.   

Footage of the violent clash has been widely shared on social media, including by conservative writer Andy Ngo. 

A group of four men with huge firearms were seen outside a GM Tobacco store as they said they had come to protect local businesses from looters, reported Minnesota Reformer. 

The vigilantes called themselves ‘heavily armed rednecks’ as they stood guard outside the businesses.

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