As National Guardsmen take fire while politicians continue to incite violence in Minnesota, some Guardsmen are finding themselves being harassed on the streets.
A video, posted to twitter by Alpha News, shows several Guardsmen standing watch near a pedestrian crossing in Minneapolis when they are suddenly approached by an angry and disheveled man.
The man, who repeatedly referred to the citizen soldiers as “motherf***ers,” got uncomfortably close to the uniformed men, who were standing about with unloaded M4 carbines and mismatched equipment.
“Do you know who I am?!” the man shouted.
Suddenly, a man out of frame raised his voice to intervene when the agitator began to threaten the troops.
“You wanna try it?” a man said off-camera. “They [the Soldiers] can’t do nothin’ to you, but I can.”
“Shaddap!” the agitator responded.
“I can do something,” replied the man, who was wearing a light-colored hoodie.
The agitator then began shoving his finger into each Soldier’s face, repeatedly shouting “Fu** you.”
“Leave them the f*** alone,” the man in the hoodie said firmly.
“I’ll beat your a**,” the agitator responded.
“Then try me,” the man in the hoodie responded.
The man in the hoodie then outstretched his arms.
“It’s types like you that keep f***ing things up,” he told the agitator.
“Oh?” the agitator responded, shoving through the National Guardsmen with a “part the seas”-style gesture.
Eventually, the Guardsmen stepped after it became clear the agitator an man in the hoodie were about to fight.
While one Soldier attempted to mediate, a third civilian crossed the street, pulling the agitator away right as he touched the Soldier’s M4.
“Hey!” he shouted, “Ain’t no need for none of that s***.”
The Guardsmen, acting passively (likely under orders), appeared powerless to do much more than act as a physical buffer.
The video, which was posted on Saturday evening, has nearly 318,000 views.
Minnesota National Guard harassed in Minneapolis (explicit language): pic.twitter.com/m3klF86Kf1— Alpha News (@AlphaNewsMN) April 17, 2021
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