A group of Black Lives Matter protesters was filmed in a tense confrontation with a Louisville shopkeeper after asking him to say if he supported the movement during a third night of Breonna Taylor demonstrations in town.
Recordings The incident, shared on Twitter by a reporter for the conservative news site Daily Caller, shows a small crowd of BLM activists barbecuing business owner Fadi Faouri as he stands in front of his shop with a gun.
During the encounter, the group met Faouri for a few minutes while they question his views on the BLM movement and the police shooting of Breonna Taylor after he refused to say he supported the cause.
The exchange begins after a man asks Faouri, "Are black lives important?" to which he replies, "If you are a good person, I will take care of you, if you are a bad person …" before shrugging his shoulders.
The man then asks him if & # 39; Breonna Taylor is important & # 39 ;. Faouri hesitates a few seconds before answering: “Is that important? I don't know. & # 39;
A group of Black Lives Matter protesters were filmed confronting Louisville shopkeeper Fadi Faouri (far right) as he was defending his business on another Friday night of riot
Faouri was concerned about his views on the BLM movement and the injustice surrounding the shooting of Breonna Taylor
The confrontation became tense after Faouri repeatedly sidestepped the question and refused to say directly whether or not he supported Black Lives Matter
The conversation becomes tense after a woman questions his answer and more members of the crowd ask Faouri to explain what he means.
“Are you trying to intimidate me? I don't play this game, ”says Faouri, explaining that he's trying to protect his business.
An argument then ensues when the group approaches the shopkeeper and continues to demand that he say whether he believes in their cause or not.
Faouri turns his attention to the first male protester to tell him he won't be forced to say anything he doesn't believe. "Nobody can intimidate me," he says.
The two parties argue for a few seconds, but Faouri stubbornly refuses to join their debate and the protesters eventually break up, with the exception of one woman who claims to be a documentary filmmaker.
The woman approaches Faouri and criticizes him for his demeanor or lack of demeanor while teaching him the injustice surrounding Breonna Taylor's death.
"Which does not concern me!" Faouri answers.
At some point, a woman who claims to be a documentary filmmaker comes up to Faouri and criticizes him for his demeanor or lack of it while teaching him the injustice surrounding Breonna Taylor's death
Faouri replied that Breonna Taylor's shooting was "not my business," which further escalated the argument
"It should be your business because all life is important, right?" says the woman as she begins to debate Faouri about racial differences. "You could say that, but it's about the color black," she adds.
"You have a problem with it, I have no problem," replied Faouri. "I don't care, white or black cops, I see you as a person, that's all I care about."
The debate finally ends after a fellow protester tells the woman to leave the area.
According to the Daily Caller journalist, a building Faouri had rented was reportedly destroyed after it was "set on fire" during Friday night's protests, although it is unclear whether it was the same business.
LOS ANGELES: The footage was filmed and shows a LAPD deputy hurling a Black Lives Matter protester into the ground with his protective shield on Friday evening
LOS ANGELES: Around 100 people were seen marching in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles on Friday night
Protests continue to rock the city and other areas across the country after a grand jury refused to charge Louisville police officers with the murder of Breonna Taylor.
Violent clashes between police officers and protesters broke out over the past week as some activists took to the streets to target businesses and wreak havoc.
On Friday there were footage of a police officer in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's office who hit a BLM protester who was already on the ground with his protective shield. The footage showed the MP forcibly using his shield to subdue a protester.
The incident took place in West Hollywood, where more than 100 protesters gathered as they marched down Santa Monica Boulevard on Friday night.
Across the country, hundreds of Black Lives Matter sat in on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.
Hundreds of angry protesters marched from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to the Brooklyn Bridge, where they sat and refused to move for more than an hour.
And in Oakland, Calif., Police said more than 250 protesters "immediately turned violent" and threw bottles and cans at downtown officials.
NEW YORK: Hundreds of angry protesters marched from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to the Brooklyn Bridge, where they sat and refused to move for more than an hour
NEW YORK: A woman holds a portrait of Breonna Taylor during the march for Breonna Taylor
NEW YORK: Hundreds of Black Lives Matter sat in on the Brooklyn Bridge Friday night
NEW YORK: Protesters leave the Brooklyn Bridge during the march to Breonna Taylor in New York City
NEW YORK: People take part during the March for Breonna Taylor in New York City on Brooklyn Bridge
Police used smoke to counter the protesters and a rapid transit (BART) station in downtown Bay Area has been closed.
The rally on Friday was in solidarity with the protests in Louisville, where large demonstrations are planned for the weekend.
Several other demonstrations took place across the country, including Boston and San Diego, to protest a grand jury's decision not to charge Louisville, Kentucky police officers with the death of Breonna Taylor.
OAKLAND: Cops used smoke to counter the protesters and a Rapid Transit (BART) station in downtown Bay Area has been closed
OAKLAND: Police said more than 250 demonstrators "instantly turned violent" and threw bottles and cans
NEW YORK: People protest on Brooklyn Bridge during the March for Breonna Taylor Friday night
NEW YORK: A sign is seen on the Brooklyn Bridge during the march for Breonna Taylor along the Brooklyn Bridge
NEW YORK: Police wait at one end of the bridge while protesters try to exit the massive building after the demonstration
NEW YORK: The march started at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and slowly walked towards the famous bridge
& # 39; That is extremely traumatic. I've been out here since June, on the street almost every day, marching around my black life to show people that I am important, that it could be me, that it could be, that it could be, that it could be any black face you see in this crowd, ”protester Sophie Michel told CBS2.
"I think we need to send a message that it is unacceptable that no one has been charged with Breonna Taylor's death," John Donahue told PIX11.
Protesters gathered across the country to express their anger after it was announced on Wednesday that the officers who shot the black woman in her Louisville, Kentucky home during a drug attack last March were not on charges of her death will.
Taylor, a paramedic, was shot and killed multiple times by white Louisville officials who came to her home in March during a drug investigation.
"I'm angry because this nation is learning that our black women are being killed by cops," said Bianca Austin, "and that's not okay."
"I was reassured on Wednesday why I have no faith in the legal system, the police and the law that is not meant to protect us black and brown people," read Austin.
BOSTON: A woman leaves Breonna Taylor a flower on an altar during a demonstration against racist police murders
BOSTON: Protesters march past Boston Police Headquarters during a Stand Against Racist Police Murders demo
BOSTON: A protester points to the Boston Police Headquarters as protesters march by Friday night
BOSTON: The group then moved to City Hall Plaza to sit there. The gathering appeared to be one of the larger groups the city of Boston has seen in a while
BOSTON: There were protesters gathered in the city center, and large protests were even planned for Saturday
In Kentucky, a crowd surrounded Breonna Taylor's family on Friday. Her aunt Bianca Austin was wearing Taylor's paramedic jacket when she read a message from Taylor's mother who was too distraught to speak.
In Boston, protesters gathered in Nubian Square to take part in the nationwide protests.
The protest remained peaceful as they marched to Boston Police Headquarters later that night. The group then moved to City Hall Plaza to sit there.
The gathering appeared to be one of the larger groups the city of Boston has seen in a while.
Some carried signs with messages like "Justice 4 Breonna", "Black Lives Matter" and "Let Black Women Dream".
The demonstration was largely peaceful. No arrests were reported until 10:45 p.m.
“I feel like the message is being sent that cops can do what they want and not be held accountable. This is just an attempt to reactivate the city and get anyone who sees this back on the streets to fight and reinforce the anti-racist movement because that is wrong, ”organizer Ernest Jacques Jr. told WHDH .
LOUISVILLE: The protests against the murder of Breonna Taylor continued on Friday for the third day in a row
LOUISVILLE: The protesters marched to the First Unitarian Church and stayed there after the 9 p.m. curfew. The protest organizer is pictured in front of the First Unitarian Church
LOUISVILLE: The protests against the murder of Breonna Taylor continued on Friday for the third day in a row. Protesters are pictured marching down Market Street in the city
LOUISVILLE: The protests against the murder of Breonna Taylor continued for the third day in a row. A woman is shown holding a BLM flag in front of the First Unitarian Church
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh urged calm and asked protesters to respect the city prior to the protest.
"I ask people who want to demonstrate in Boston tonight and over the weekend to respect the city and to respect one another," he said. “I ask you to keep it peaceful, I ask you to keep it powerful. People are deeply upset, but we cannot turn to violence to express our pain. & # 39;
“We want to maintain law and order while protecting everyone's ability to gather peacefully and have their voices heard. In case we're a little closer than maybe May, ”said Lt. Col. Bryan Pillai.
“Start charging the cops with murder. If you sleep in your house, you are not safe. Usually the counter-argument is not to fight the police, but to work together. How the fuck do you sleep that & # 39; Community activist Monica Cannon-Grant told NBC Boston.
LOUISVILLE: A woman holds a BLM flag in front of the Breonna Taylor memorial in Jackson Square Park
LOUISVILLE: A woman with a protective mask holds a portrait of Breonna Taylor during the march
ALBUQUERQUE: A car drove into a group of demonstrators near the UNM on Friday evening. Nobody seemed hurt. The police did not say whether the driver was arrested. Protesters claim the driver put them down before driving through the crowd
On the west coast, protesters returned to the streets of Hollywood on Friday night, just a day after at least one person was injured when two separate vehicles rammed through the crowd demanding racial justice.
At 6 p.m. on Friday evening, a group of about 75 protesters walked down Santa Monica Boulevard.
The group grew to more than 100 people as the march headed toward The Grove mall.
In San Diego, protesters took to downtown streets to protest the grand jury's decision not to charge police officers on criminal charges directly related to Breonna Taylor's death.
A group of around 40 to 50 protesters organized in front of the downtown Supreme Court around 7:30 p.m., police in San Diego said.
The group then marched through the downtown streets singing “No Justice, No Peace” and the name of Breonna Taylor.
In Albuquerqu, a car crashed into a group of protesters near the University of New Mexico campus.
Nobody appeared to be injured and the police did not say whether the driver was arrested.
Protesters claim the driver put them down before driving through the crowd.
“It is sad that we have to get out of here and fear for our safety from the citizens of our state. We should be better. We're supposed to love each other, and the people out here are basically trying to kill people, ”an organizer of the protest told KOB.
SAN DIEGO: Protesters took to the downtown streets to protest the grand jury's decision not to charge police officers on criminal charges directly related to Breonna Taylor's death
SAN DIEGO: A group of around 40 to 50 protesters organized in front of the downtown Supreme Court around 7:30 p.m., the police in San Diego said
SAN DIEGO: The group then began to march on the downtown streets chanting “No Justice, No Peace” and the name of Breonna Taylor
In Louisville, the city police chief urges the armed militia to stay away from this weekend's protest.
“Many of them say that they are coming to help us. Let me be clear, this is not any help we need. This is not the help we want, ”said Rob Schroeder, LMPD interim police chief.
"America in general will not stand by and allow a black woman to be murdered with no consequences," said protester Kimberly Bernard.
When asked if he would publish the grand jury report and transcript, the Kentucky attorney general said he would reconsider the issue after the FBI completes its independent investigation.
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