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Black Lives Matters extremists in Rochester, New York, reportedly tried storming a Wegmans’ grocery store Tuesday, forcing store employees to lock the front doors out of fear and thus trapping customers inside the store for a short period of time.

The so-called “protest” occurred on the anniversary of the death of Daniel Prude, a black career criminal who died in police custody last March as officers tried to apprehend him for walking around naked while high on lethal doses of the narcotic PCP.

“As we march, rally and protest — you have to be able to stop commerce. … We want people to be inconvenienced because Daniel Prude’s family has suffered a great loss,” one of the extremists, Anthony Hall, said to the Democrat and Chronicle.

However, the extremists’ behavior suggest that the apparent reasons for the so-called “protest” were racial grievances about alleged mistreatment.

According to Justin Murphy, a reporter with the Democrat & Chronicle, the extremists began congregating in the heart of downtown Rochester around 8:00 am, started marching about an hour later and then shut down a bus station around 9:30 am to demand the city provide free busing for “black and brown people.”

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They left the bus station shortly thereafter and slowly made their way to Wegmans, where they then set up camp to complain about the supermarket chain not being located close enough to the city’s predominantly black neighborhoods.

“Wegmans exemplifies what’s wrong in our community. Wegmans started in the inner-city, in some of our most vulnerable communities, then they got their check and left. There is no reason why Danny Wegman is having so much success, but in the city, we have food deserts,” local left-wing activist Justin Morris reportedly said.

According to Murphy, the extremists were also angry at the store for hiring “police for security.”

Michael Schwartz, a reporter with local station WHAM, captured footage from the “protest” outside Wegmans. Watch below, and take note of one of the extremists, Ashley Gantt, vowing to “be here for awhile”:

According to reporting from both Schwartz and Murphy, because of the extremists’ presence and unruly behavior, the staff inside the Wegmans store was forced to lock the front doors and keep customers inside.

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In the meantime, as customers remained trapped inside, the extremists reportedly set up stables in Occupy Wall Street fashion and ordered lunch.

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The customers inside were eventually released and allowed to return home, after which the Wegmans store was reportedly closed for the day.

“Our East Ave. store is currently closed due to protest activity taking place outside of the store. At this time, no customers remain in the store, and the doors will remain closed. Our number one priority is the safety of our employees and customers,” the company said in a Twitter statement afterward.

Rochester has faced repeat “protests” and riots ever since bodycam footage of Prude’s apprehension and death were released in September. The footage showed the officers placing a spit hood over his face to try and protect themselves from the coronavirus, which he’d claimed to have tested positive for days earlier.

Michael D. Mazzeo, the president of the Rochester Police Locust Club, said at the time that “the officers’ use of a ‘spit hood’ was within department protocols and consistent with their training, adding that officers had gone through mandated state training between 30 and 40 days prior to the incident,” according to station KMGH.

He added that “Prude had made references to have tested positive for coronavirus during the incident,” according to KMGH.

Though extremists accused the officers who’d apprehended him of having been responsible for his death, a grand jury overseen by New York Attorney General Letitia James, a black Democrat, ultimately acquitted the officers of any charges in February.

This decision also provoked “protests” and riots.

Prude had been a career criminal, according to an Associated Press report.

“Prude had been behind bars several times over the decades. Chicago Police reported 37 arrests and nine convictions since 1995, eight for drug- and alcohol-related charges and one for burglary,” the AP reported in September.

Vivek Saxena

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