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Williams had never met anyone from a militia, and says he didn't know much about the group, whose chapter in Genesee County hosts a Facebook page with proclamations about gun rights and defense of civil liberties.
When they approached him and his brother, he said he looked at their camouflage gear and thought to himself: “We didn’t do anything wrong, did we?”
But he added that they were friendly, and told them about the rally to protest the state of the city’s water. So the two showed up, and La’Mont Williams even briefly spoke.
"This isn't racial, political, anything — this is a human problem," Williams said afterwards. "People don't have water. The solution is so basic."