A disturbing video is going viral today showing diners in Florida being harassed by Black Lives Matter protesters over the decision not to charge the officers who were involved in the death of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky.
The video was posted to Twitter by Tampa Bay Times reporter Josh Fiallo, who wrote, “Protestors are now going restaurant by restaurant to chant at diners on Beach Dr. in St. Pete. A lot of diners yelled back, starting multiple confrontations. This one was the most significant. Protestors took over a couple’s table. Not sure why they were targeted specifically.”
Protestors are now going restaurant by restaurant to chant at diners on Beach Dr. in St. Pete. A lot of diners yelled back, starting multiple confrontations.
This one was the most significant. Protestors took over a couple’s table. Not sure why they were targeted specifically. pic.twitter.com/dzLM7KuCW9
— Josh Fiallo (@ByJoshFiallo) September 24, 2020
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The video shows a mob of protesters chanting “Stand up, fight back!” over and over again as they stand in front of people dining outside at a restaurant. One rioter eventually pulled up a chair at a table that a man and a woman were sitting at.
The woman at the table yelled, “Nope, this is my table!” and unsuccessfully tried to get the activist out of the chair before two more protesters took seats at the table. Other activists surrounded the man and the woman, with one telling the man”why don’t you shut up?” before the first activist who stole a seat told the woman, “I’ll knock your old-a** boyfriend the f*** out.”
Another activist can be seen blowing what appears to be a bullhorn at the couple, standing from a few feet away.
Protests such as this one have been happening all over the country since the death of George Floyd back in May. They are now expected to escalate after a grand jury decided not to charge the officers who were involved in the death of Breonna Taylor, a young black woman who was killed by police in Louisville, Kentucky earlier this year.
A state of emergency was declared in Louisville on Wednesday after it was announced that only one of the three officers involved in the raid would be charged in connection with the raid itself. The grand jury ruled that the officers’ use of force was justified, though one cop was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment because he fired into other nearby apartments, according to The Blaze. No officers were actually charged with anything related to Taylor’s death.
This piece was written by James Samson on September 24, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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