Philly Residents Unite to Protect Store from Rioters: 'We Will NOT Stand' for Looting
Locals say they will not tolerate looters ransacking their community amid riots
Residents in South Philadelphia are uniting to defend their local community from rioting and looting amid the nationwide protests against the death of George Floyd, according to reports.
Stand Up South Philly founder Anthony Giordano explained Tuesday that locals are willing to "stand with peaceful protesters," but will not tolerate violent looters.
Speaking during an interview on "Fox & Friends," Giordano told host Ainsley Earhardt that his organization is mobilizing against criminal activity because they are "just tired."
"We are fed up with the crime and the revolving door in the criminal justice system, the looting, and the rioting," he declared.
"This was not protesting that was happening in Philadelphia and around the country.
"This was looting and rioting and criminal behavior. And we were not going to stand for it."
Giordano's Facebook group -- which he created in January -- now has almost 11,000 members.
On Saturday, Floyd protesters in Brooklyn, N.Y. defended a Target store from looting as clashes between protesters and police escalated further.
"The rest of the city saw what we were doing," Giordano pointed out.
Giordano told Earhardt that after their first couple of confrontations with looters, they were informed the perpetrators would shift their focus to different areas of South Philadelphia.
"South Philadelphia is a tough neighborhood," he said.
"We are strong here. We are blue-collar.
"We mobilized all the neighborhoods.
"I was in and out of every neighborhood yesterday making sure everything was fine.
"We were being circled at some point. They wanted to get into that Target.
"We refused to let them get into that Target.
"And, South Philly stood strong yesterday."
Stand Up South Philly has a message to send around the country.
"That if you stand up in your communities, and say ‘no,’ and unite with your community -- the African-American community, the Latino community, the Asian community -- and stand up against this violence, the violence will end eventually," Giordano remarked.
"It's absolutely disturbing and atrocious how they are putting a mark on Mr. Floyd's memory by rioting and burning the cities and the country down," he noted.
"This man suffered a horrible death. We stand with Mr. Floyd.
"We stand with the African-American community. We stand with the protesters.
"We get that they are angry. But, we stand with the peaceful protesters.
"We do not stand with the violent rioters.
"Dr. Martin Luther King walked in the [1960s].
"He never threw a stone and he changed the face," Giordano concluded.