Hartford, Connecticut – Mayor Arunan Arulampalam (D) of Hartford, Connecticut, has condemned the predominately black community for organizing a self-defense group to combat violent crime in their neighborhood.

As reported by the New York Post, approximately 40 residents have formed the “Self-Defense Brigade” and have taken to patrolling the streets at night, using drones to monitor homes and businesses for potential threats.

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The brigade’s founder, Cornell Lewis, expressed to FOX News that the Democrat-led city government has failed to address the growing violence in their community, stating, “The Democrat machine in Hartford is either unwilling or unable, incapable, of doing it, and people are paying their tax dollars, and they’re not really getting any kind of service. So we want the people to understand, number one, self-defense is not a dirty word.”

The Post reported that the brigade was launched in response to the plea of Archbishop Dexter Burke of the Walk in the Light Church of God, following the fatal shooting of two men near his church in February.

In response to the self-defense efforts, Mayor Arulampalam issued a statement denouncing the armed citizens, emphasizing the need for healing within the community instead of resorting to vigilantism. He stated, “Our community has seen so much pain and trauma, and what we need is for those who love this city to do the hard work of healing that pain, not walk around our streets with guns trying to take the law into their own hands.”

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The formation of the “Self-Defense Brigade” and Mayor Arulampalam’s denouncement have sparked a growing debate within the city regarding the methods for addressing the ongoing violence and the role of the community in ensuring its safety.

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