No Charge For Florida Man Who Pointed Gun At Black Lives Matter March
According to The New York Daily News, a counterprotester who pulled out a gun during a Black Lives Matter rally in Florida on Saturday will not face charges because he was defending himself, police said.
- “The white man, who has not been publicly identified by police, ‘entered’ the Tallahassee protest and began documenting the event when he was pushed from behind by a white protester,” the outlet reported, citing the Tallahassee Police Department.
- After an ensuing “physical altercation,” in which the man was pushed to the ground, he stood up and drew his weapon.
- Police took the man into custody, according to the report, but have “said the man was ‘lawfully defending himself’ with a licensed weapon and declined to press charges.”
Aaron Ferguson told the Tallahassee Democrat that the man pointed the gun at him before police stopped him.
“It was all just 60 seconds but it felt much longer,” he told the newspaper. “I don’t know why he would bring violence to a peaceful protest, when he pulled the gun out it all went rank.”
- Ferguson said the incident began when “the man raged into the crowd and shoved a female protester,” the Daily News wrote.
- The Tallahassee Democrat reported that “Witnesses said the incident began as a counter-protester walked up to a crowd of roughly 150 protesters and began arguing with them and taking photos of their license plates.”
- In video of the incident circulating on social media, “a man can be seen holding a gun and pointing it at a masked protester kneeling on the ground. He turned the gun toward the camera as officers closed in with weapons drawn and directed the man to get on the ground.” Officers then appeared to handcuff the man and take him away.
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