What Will Replace the Minneapolis Police? The City’s Native American Community Has Some Ideas.

Cyclists in Brooklyn gather to ride in protest of systemic racism in policing after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis.Scott Heins/Getty

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Late one night at the end of May, as spray paint, fires, and looting reigned across Minneapolis, an Indigenous hip-hop artist named Tall Paul was roving the streets in a truck, looking for looters and arsonists. “It looked like that movie The Purge,” he says. “It was lawless.” Days before, Paul had joined the American Indian Movement Patrol, a group of Native Americans volunteering to maintain neighborhood safety and protect key buildings from destruction amid the rebellion. 

Paul and the other volunteers on shift were on their way to check on the offices of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe when they saw four white teenagers looting a nearby liquor store. 

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