A diner in Louisville pulled a mini revolver on a group of armed Black Lives Matter protestors after they descended on an outdoor dining area in the city’s downtown area over the weekend.
The man has not been identified or arrested, but several of the BLM protestors were arrested as they marched in support of Breonna Taylor, the woman shot and killed by Louisville police officers in 2020.
“During the encounter both patrons and protesters brandished firearms,” Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman Alicia Smiley told Fox News.
Police were dispatched after an employee at the restaurant La Chasse reported that “multiple armed protesters entered the restaurant property, which included outdoor dining space,” Smiley told Fox News.
A reporter for The Louisville Courier-Journal tweeted several photos and videos of the incident.
In the video, a man holding what looks like a North American Arms mini .22 revolver confronts several protestors, one of whom has a semi-automatic rifle slung over his shoulder. One of the women urges the protestors to keep walking while another says, “You’re not the only one with a gun” on a bullhorn.
In another image of the protest from that day taken by The Courier-Journal, a woman walks with a handgun in a holster on her hip. The same woman appears in the video and looks to be urging the protestors to keep walking.
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The video ends before the confrontation is over, but no shots were fired, and no one was injured.
Five people were arrested in connection with the protest, according to TMZ. Protestors received a variety of charges, including possession of an open alcoholic beverage and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, evading police, disorderly conduct, and failure to disperse.
The protests were targeted at the Kentucky Derby, which took place the same day. A group of fewer than 100 protestors marched that evening with signs that read, “We haven’t forgotten Breonna,” “No Justice, No Peace,” and “No Justice, No Derby,” according to Fox News. Black Lives Matter Louisville, Black Market KY, Color of Change and UltraViolet commissioned a plane banner that flew over Churchill Downs with the message, “Protect Black Women. Divest from Police,” The Louisville Courier-Journal reported.