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Gun-toting protesters in Indiana blocking motorists from using the road is the latest example of the liberal fantasy touted as “peaceful” demonstrations.
A video from a recent Black Lives Matter march in Indianapolis showed protesters blocking traffic, throwing objects at vehicles and, at one point, even pointing a gun at a driver who was blocked from driving on the public road overtaken by demonstrators.
(Source: Indy Star)
The Indy10 Black Lives Matter march held on Thursday was aimed at demanding justice for Dreasjon Reed, 21, and McHale Rose, 19, two black men who were fatally shot by Indianapolis police officers in separate incidents in early May.
Activists chanted “No justice, no peace” and “Defund the police,” as they marched downtown, blocking roads and impeding motorists who were attempting to use their own streets.
Video shared by the Indy Star showed a tense moment as one of the protesters was seen pointing a gun at a blue pick-up truck and another man held a gun with his finger on the trigger, while others yelled for the driver to turn around and leave the area. The truck backed up a bit and the driver maneuvered around the group in an apparent attempt to get past them and continue on the road. But protesters chased the truck, yelling to “back up!”
“Come on buddy, don’t be stupid,” one man can be heard saying on the video.
The Indianapolis Recorder noted how “tension mounted” between the activists and the driver near the I-65 bridge:
While members of the group tried to redirect traffic, a driver in a blue truck revved the engine, sending protesters scrambling to the sidewalk. One protester, who only identified himself as “Icon,” pulled a gun on the driver.
“I was scared he was going to kill me,” he claimed. “I stepped in front of a little girl when he revved his engine, but, yes, I absolutely drew a gun to defend myself.”
Cars trailing behind protesters represented both views about the road-blocking march, as some “honked in solidarity with the protest, others in frustration,” the outlet reported.
“Indianapolis leaders, including Democrat Mayor Joe Hogsett and the Indianapolis City-County Council have remained silent,” Indianapolis radio host Tony Katz, who also shared the video, noted.
Blue truck guy is pretty relaxed dude normally. He just wanted out of the situation. Wound up having to pull his own gun when he went to the far side of the street and they mobbed him. Then the cops yelled at him for pulling his gun.
— Christopher C. (@MysteriousCodo) August 7, 2020
Michael-Paul Hart, a Republican member of the Indianapolis City Council, tweeted that the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department had opened an investigation into the incident.
I just heard back from IMPD, there is an open criminal investigation.
— Michael-Paul Hart (@CouncilorHart) August 7, 2020
As marches, demonstrations and protests have continued for weeks supposedly in the name of justice for victims of alleged police brutality, many instances of violence have been swept under the rug by liberals who applaud the so-called peaceful protesters for exercising their First Amendment rights.
But demonstrations have often devolved into chaos and violence as Black Lives Matter and Antifa activists have gone unchecked in Democrat-run cities. Meanwhile, homeowners attempting to secure their property from violators of the law, are being treated as the criminals, as in the case of Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who face felony charges for “intimidation” of supposedly peaceful protesters who broke into their gated community.
Following the Indianapolis incident this week, Katz fired back at a few Twitter users who defended the gun-wielding protester.
Wow. It’s like you know nothing about #2A.
— Tony Katz (@tonykatz) August 7, 2020
I’m calling out the violence of Antifa. I’m calling out these two white guys for pointing guns at citizens. I’ve discussed numerous times how the violence destroys messaging. And all you can do is find ways to insinuate that I’m at fault?
That’s messed up.
— Tony Katz (@tonykatz) August 7, 2020
The video sparked a debate on Twitter where most of those responding condemned the reckless protesters.
Both with their fingers on the trigger.
— American as F*CK (@KyleJEngel) August 7, 2020
Are they truly BLM or agent provocateurs looking to incite violence?
— ItCan’tHappenHere (@hoosiercentral) August 7, 2020
That’s fine. If local authorities will do nothing the state police can be called. Nobody gets to aim guns at vehicles during “peaceful protests”
— Matthew Blane (@blane_matthew) August 7, 2020
If people did not block a public street, the confrontation would not have happened.
— Robert L. Burns (@rlburns37) August 8, 2020
This is not a peaceful protest. If the average citizen started brandishing a firearm we would be arrested.
— Andrew Hart (@akrr6504) August 7, 2020
I’m struggling to understand how blocking traffic for regular hard working people accomplishes anything. Why not go to the homes of the people in control and scream at/threaten them? The guy in the truck can’t do anything for you!
— Annieone3 (@annieone3) August 7, 2020
Do they have a permit to assemble in the middle of the streets? If I was blocking traffic and pointing guns at people just trying to drive through, I’d arrested immediately. The terrorists have won and have the people in charge afraid of their own shadows.
— Iliana Dresden (@iliana_thegreat) August 7, 2020
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