A group of Philadelphia residents were seen on live TV over the weekend protecting a local Target store from potential looters.
The concerned residents were reportedly people who are from the area and are upset at the destruction that has hit so many cities across America. Many in the crowd began chanting “USA! USA!” and also “FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS!” as the reporter discussed the situation on air.
Philadelphia was hard hit by protests over the weekend, seeing widespread vandalizing and protests. The Ben Franklin Bridge was shut down and there was a curfew put in place. The National Guard was brought on the scene in hopes of quelling the violence.
For the past two days, violence and looting sprang up in numerous neighborhoods across Philadelphia as protesters simply outnumbered city and state police. Fires destroyed businesses and looters emptied stores in Center City, West Philadelphia, Port Richmond, Kensington and Hunting Park.
The Philadelphia protests, which began Saturday peacefully and devolved quickly, are part of national outrage sparked by the death of George Floyd. The unarmed black man died following a violent arrest by a white police officer in Minneapolis.
More than 200 people were arrested Saturday and Sunday.
A curfew of 6pm was put in place by Mayor Jim Kenney.
Tear gas had been deployed by some officers in the midst of the protests.
Pray for our country and for more people to continue to stand up to those causing chaos and violence.