I watched a peaceful, if loud, BLM last summer where several of the BLM organizers were armed with AR-15s and the like. There were also several counter-protesters with similar weapons and handguns. Nothing violent happened. An armed society is a safer society.
Video shows the diner pointing his handgun at the protesters who were arguing with him as one female demonstrator urged the group to keep moving down the block.
Louisville Metro Police spokesperson Alicia Smiley confirmed to Fox News that the protesters were also armed. Kentucky is an open carry state.
At least five people were arrested in connection with the incident. Charges include possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, failure to disperse and evading police, TMZ reported.
The man with his gun drawn does not appear to have been arrested.
Smiley, the LMPD spokesperson, said a restaurant worker described ‘multiple armed protesters entered the restaurant property, which included outdoor dining space’.
‘During the encounter both patrons and protesters brandished firearms,’ Smiley said.
‘This incident occurred after the arrests of southbound protesters in the area on the 1500 block of Bardstown Road.
‘The arrests of that group were made after protesters repeatedly blocked the roadway despite officers giving multiple verbal requests for them to utilize the sidewalk.’
A reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal also confirmed a ‘few protesters’ were armed, adding: ‘It was a very tense few minutes.’