As protests across the nation continue to bring attention to George Floyd‘s death and racial injustices, some individuals who are opposed to the message of Black Lives Matter have decided to show force. In Crown Point, Indiana, peaceful protesters were met by several armed White men who carried automatic rifles, according to a video posted on social media by Twitter user, @itsbellagomez.
In the video, eight White men with automatic rifles stood alongside each other as the peaceful protesters walked down Main Street in Crown Point, Indiana. The video also showed that the armed men did not make eye contact with one Black male protester who looked intently at each person carrying a gun. In Indiana, citizens are allowed to openly carry a rifle or shotgun.
Before the video ends, protesters thank police officers for helping to keep the peace during an ordeal that could have ended in violence.
However, police officers across the nation may want to consider how they control similar situations. Protesters should not be met by armed White men, even if they have the legal right to carry. During these times, a small conflict can lead to deadly consequences.
View video below:
a video from when we took the BIKE TRAIL back to our cars after police advised us to because of the amount of people standing by the street with their bats and guns.. these men followed us- if the cops weren’t there i genuinely don’t know what would have happened. pic.twitter.com/RJ0iHGJy7W
— bella (@itsbellagomez) June 2, 2020