A counter-protester in Tallahassee pulled a gun on Black Lives Matter protesters yesterday after a fight erupted.
The man will not be charged, as the city found the counter-protester was “lawfully defending himself.”
The police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin has sparked protests around the country.
Yesterday, in front of the Florida Historic Capitol building, a counter-protester pulled a gun on Black Live Matter protesters after getting knocked to the ground.
After reviewing the incident, The City of Tallahassee has confirmed that the individual, whose identity has not been released, will not face charges.
As the Tallahassee Democrat reported, the city stated in a press release that the individual had a license to carry a concealed weapon. The city also pointed out that the protest was not permitted, and protesters did not coordinate with the police department ahead of time to coordinate and ensure safety.
“The evidence confirmed the physical altercation between numerous protesters and that the individual was knocked to the ground and under attack before lawfully defending himself,” the press release states.
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, the city found that the incident transpired after a white man was pushed by a white protester for documenting the protest, thus sparking a fight. As the counter-protester got up from the ground, he drew his weapon.
As seen on the video, the man was quickly unarmed by police. No injuries were reported.
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