Posted on May 29, 2020
PFC Faasv Driver
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After seeing the tragic video of the death of Mr Floyd in my home city, I feel compelled to speak up. I recognize this is a can of worms but I am curious if I'm even allowed to as a soldier.

(If it is legal, and within regulation and I decide to participate) It should go without saying that I will uphold the army values and commit no crime.
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If you wish to partake in the protests.....ENSURE that you do so legally and peacefully. And for the love of God DON'T wear your uniform.

That being said, why take the chance? We all have seen and know that a peaceful protest can turn riot within a few nanoseconds
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PFC Faasv Driver
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Great points, Sergeant. Safety is a concern of mine, and a main the reasons I have not participated this far, especially as I'm slotted to deploy in the near future and I wouldn't want to jeopardize that. It's just that it's so different compared to when I've seen events like this happen across the country. This is so close to home...
But of course, I would never wear the uniform to a protest. That would be awful.
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PFC (Join to see) - There are ways to legally protest. Write to your city rep. Write to your state rep. Write to the paper. Hell, sit outside your house (in your yard) with signs demanding justice. But stay away from the crowds. One spark is all that is needed to turn a crowd into a destructive mob.
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Yes you may, but do not affiliate yourself in any way as being a servicemember. No camelback, no camouflage backpack, no "go Army" t-shirt, and certainly no uniform items.

And a word of advice from a man that has been in the Army for a minute and lives right in the middle of the chaos in Minneapolis. Be aware of who you are associating with. There is more than one group out there on the street, and they don't have the same agenda. Exercise your First Amendment rights, but if you see illegal things going on, get the fuck away from it. If you find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time, it will have serious consequences.
As someone who lives here, right now Minneapolis is the wrong place to be.
Be smart, son. I appreciate your desire to speak out against injustice. And I am proud to have you stand with me.
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PFC Faasv Driver
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Great words of advice 1SG!
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I agree with 1SG. Even the outlying areas are being affected. Be safe everyone!
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GySgt Kenneth Pepper
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Unfortunately the people who are legitimately protesting an obvious case of police brutality are being used by opportunists that simply want to commit crime. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the victim and all those who feel affected by it, but I don't get how burning down the local Target makes anything better.
Let me be clear; that man was murdered in cold blood and those police officers should be held accountable for their actions or lack of action.
I remember watching the glow in the sky coming from LA during the Rodney King riots. And after all of that devastation and destruction nothing changed other than local residents having to take a bus to get to a grocery store.
Violence and rioting do not bring about positive change.
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SFC James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4"
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I applaud you for your courage. My thoughts and prayers are with the Floyd family, you, your city of Minneapolis and Mayor Frey. As long as you do so peacefully, legally, and for heaven's sakes, wear civvies, no uniforms. I do not see the issue at all. Fully support it. Stay safe, know your surroundings and if it gets dangerous, evacuate. We do not need you to get killed trying to do the right thing while protesting this complete failure of justice.

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tonight I had my bank and my post office burned down. The police sat on the roof of their precinct and watched it happen. The police didn't move in until after shit had been on fire for over an hour.
I just can't with these people.
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SFC (Join to see) - I would take it with my gray! :))
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