(1 of 2) Video of Protest Report #230030255 pic.twitter.com/HAXzEGp6xC— Fort Worth Police (@fortworthpd) April 24, 2023
Three suspected Antifa members were arrested in Fort Worth, Texas on Sunday after an altercation occurred between one of them and a small group of people who were protesting a drag show brunch at a local pizzeria.
Fort Brewery and Pizza was hosting the event.
“Y’all ready for our first Drag Brunch of the year? Because we are!,” said the organizers of on Instagram. “Join us on our huge covered patio for amazing performances from the hottest Queens in town!”
Police responded to the scene and the incident was recorded on both neighborhood surveillance cameras and officer body cams.
The chaos all started when 20-year-old Samuel Fowlkes approached the protesters, who belong to an organization known as Protect Texas Kids, and allegedly pepper-sprayed them in their faces.
Not only were children inside of this "family-friendly" drag show being exposed to extremely sexual content, but violent Antifa members were outside assaulting police officers and macing members of @NCMvmt who were peacefully praying.— Protect Texas Kids (@protecttxkids_) April 23, 2023
We will continue peacefully protesting… pic.twitter.com/NNjbYDJ5B0
As police attempted to detain Fowlkes, another counter-protester, 33-year-old Christopher Guillot intervened and allegedly struck an officer in the face with an umbrella.
The situation escalated further when a third counter-protester, Meghan Grant, 37 attempted to charge through officers to reach Fowlkes and Guillot, who had been taken into police custody.
As the video shows, many of the counter-protesters were dressed in black, armed with handguns and long guns, and sporting tactical vests and helmets.
This led at least one journalist, Andy Ngo, to draw the connection to Antifa, the terror-linked, far Left militia group.
As Fox 4 News pointed out, during the melee one can hear a responding officer say very clearly to one of the suspects, “You will get shot if you reach for that gun.”
In a statment to the press, the Fort Worth Police Department emphasized that their primary goal during protests is to maintain public peace and order while respecting participants’ constitutional rights.
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However, they stated that individuals who violate the law and assault others will be arrested and charged.
Fowlkes is facing charges that include assault causing bodily injury, evading arrest or detention, resisting arrest, and assaulting a peace officer.
Guillot is charged with interfering with public duties and assaulting a peace officer, while Grant faces charges of interfering with public duties and resisting arrest, ABC News reports.
It remains unclear whether the three suspects have obtained attorneys.
Stay tuned for updates.