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Protesters yelling at guests said the confrontation started after men shouted "Blue Lives Matter".


Protesters, who were videotaped yelling at outdoor diners, said the footage was one-sided and the confrontation sparked after a group of men shouted "Blue Live Matter" and a man swung a bicycle.

The statement from protesters who attended Saturday's rally in Rochester, New York comes after footage of the incident was shared on social media

"Even though people (in the restaurant) saw the whole thing, they still saw me as an attacker," Nique Craft, a protester at the event, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Cell phone footage shows protesters taking over the outdoor dining area as Craft approaches an elderly couple's table before drinking their beer in front of them. Another smashed a glass off a table.

A protester identified as Lorenzo Rulli tells guests, "F ** k the whites who built the system." He adds: & # 39; F *** 12 & # 39 ;; a reference to the police.

Black Lives Matter protesters yelled and disrupted new video shows in front of white elderly guests during Saturday's protests in Pittsburgh

Black Lives Matter protesters yelled and disrupted new video shows in front of white elderly guests during Saturday's protests in Pittsburgh

As protesters entered the outdoor dining area, one person took a couple's drink and drank it himself before leaving

As protesters entered the outdoor dining area, the person from Nique Craft (pictured) took a couple's drink and drank it himself before leaving

Others who eat at the restaurant pick up their belongings and leave after protesters call them an "embarrassment".

The demonstrations are in response to several black Americans who have died in police custody. The recently released footage of Daniel Prude's death in Rochester, New York in March sparked a new wave of outrage.

Similar scenes played out across the county last week with a dinner in Washington DC cornered by a group of anti-racism protesters outside a restaurant. In another incident, guests in Rochester were also confronted with a large group of protesters.

Similar scenes played out across the county last week when a Washington DC diner was cornered by a group of anti-racism protesters outside a restaurant

Similar scenes played out across the county last week when a Washington DC diner was cornered by a group of anti-racism protesters outside a restaurant

"We're closing your party," a woman shouted to a New York diner as protesters smashed customer glasses in front of their faces, broke plates, overturned chairs, and called to get out.

A second video, recorded in Pittsburgh over the weekend, shows a protester speaking to a megaphone while walking next to a cyclist. It is unclear what is being said, but the protester nudges the cyclist with his megaphone.

The cyclist hits the protester in response, but a second protester reportedly hit the man from behind with a skateboard.

Craft, who identifies as non-binary, said the incident sparked when protesters marched through the area shouting "Blue Lives Matter" three men. It is unclear whether these men were guests or pedestrians in the area.

As protesters approached the group, a man reportedly waved his back to the people.

Craft told the Post Gazette that a man grabbed Craft's hair and put a hand on Craft's chest. He tried to prevent a confrontation.

After the initial confrontation, Craft said the elderly man featured in footage punished protesters for their actions. However, his wife took Craft over for a drink and discussed the situation.

Craft (pictured) said a confrontation started after a group of men yelled at protesters with "Blue Lives Matter" and a man allegedly swung a bike at people

Craft (pictured) said a confrontation started after a group of men yelled at protesters with "Blue Lives Matter" and a man allegedly swung a bike at people

"So since I'm a theatrical, snappy guy, I said I don't have time to wait for you to order another beer. I'll take the one you have," Craft said.

Craft didn't know the man who swung the skateboard on the cyclist.

The Pittsburgh police are said to have opened an investigation into both clips. There were no arrests during the protest on Saturday.

The footage of the guests in Pittsburgh who was addressed sparked outrage online. A Twitter user, Michele Lippert, wrote: "I'm so sick of it !!!"

Another, Ricardo Dinero, said, “These terrorists have no place in Pittsburgh or anywhere in America. They don't care about black lives, they care about chaos. "

A protester and a cyclist get into a brief game of slaps while others watch the exchange of restaurants and businesses (picture)

A protester and a cyclist get into a brief game of slaps while others watch the exchange of restaurants and businesses (picture)

Authorities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are investigating after protesters and civilians clashed on social media on Saturday

Authorities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are investigating after protesters and civilians clashed on social media on Saturday

Bob Billen wrote: “I just don't get what the endgame is for this insult, smash and dash style of" protesting ". Who understands that? & # 39;

Lorenzo Rulli, who wore a purple shirt and yelled at the elderly couple, said the videos also did not show a series of agitators harassing protesters that day.

"We are not targeting companies," he told Post-Gazette. & # 39; Our city restaurant industry is very supportive of us.

“We spoke to people who spoke to us. The beer that was consumed was an offer. The glass that fell was a mistake. & # 39;

He added that people in the restaurant were cheering protesters and that he didn't approach the elderly couple until they put them down.

Pictured; Lorenzo Rulli, a person who took part in an anti-racism protest in Pittsburgh

Pictured: Lorenzo Rulli

Lorenzo Rullie (left and right): "The reason I got engaged to the single man and his wife is because … her husband called me" an embarrassment "and" gross. "

"The reason I got engaged to the single man and his wife is because … her husband called me" an embarrassment "and" gross "," he said.

GOP Senator Pat Toomey replied to the videos, "These are crimes," but Rulli doesn't think the footage will cast anti-racism protests in a negative light.

"In all honesty, the protesters could never stand in a good light in this city until the people who have the power to get the message across, do so," said Rulli.

In Rochester, a man participating in a demonstration was hit by a car on Sunday.

Footage shared by Carolyn Delvecchio Hoffman shows a group of protesters standing at an intersection during the city's third night of protest.

Protesters watch a vehicle turn right off the intersection with a screeching noise, but suddenly a few voices scream in warning.

Seconds later, a red vehicle accelerates into the crowd and the driver drops a wave of yellow spray paint on protesters.

Meanwhile, the unknown man crouched on the concrete and did not see the vehicle coming in time.

The man manages to jump in the air, but is still hit by the vehicle and thrown to the ground.

The group of Witnesses then calls in volunteer paramedics while the man remains on the ground.

Hoffman said, “The driver wasn't arrested at the scene. Medical volunteers responded to the injured demonstrators. & # 39;

She added that she was shot dead with rubber bullets and pepper spray during confrontations with Rochester police during the night.

A man who was taking part in a demonstration in Rochester, New York, was hit by a car on Sunday

A man who was taking part in a demonstration in Rochester, New York, was hit by a car on Sunday

The driver of the vehicle sprayed yellow paint on protesters as he drove through the crowd and met the unidentified man in Rochester, New York, on Friday night

The driver of the vehicle sprayed yellow paint on protesters as he drove through the crowd and met the unidentified man in Rochester, New York, on Friday night

Protesters take part in a protest against the death of a black man named Daniel Prude after police pulled a spit hood over his head during an arrest in Rochester, New York in March

Protesters take part in a protest against the death of a black man, Daniel Prude, after police pulled a spit hood over his head during an arrest in Rochester, New York in March

A protester wears goggles, a hoodie and holds a trash can as a makeshift shield while attending a demonstration in Rochester on Sunday

A protester wears goggles, a hoodie and holds a trash can as a makeshift shield while attending a demonstration in Rochester on Sunday

On Saturday, police used batons, pepperballs and tear gas to push back around 2,000 demonstrators who marched to the public security building on Saturday evening and sang "Black Lives Matter" and "Daniel Prude".

Rochester Police Department said in a statement that the protesters ignored their orders to disperse and that some hurled bottles, stones and fireworks at officers.

According to The Democrat & Chronicle, a group of local "elders" came to the protest early to act as a human barricade between protesters and the Rochester Police Department.

The Mayor of Rochester promised Monday that reforms would take place in the city's police force.

The demonstration in Rochester, New York, on Sunday evening was the fourth consecutive protest in the city against the death of Daniel Prude

The demonstration in Rochester, New York, on Sunday evening was the fourth consecutive protest in the city against the death of Daniel Prude

Protesters hold signs reading "Black Lives Matter" as they stand outside on the streets of Rochester on Sunday to continue to protest the death of Daniel Prude

Protesters hold signs reading "Black Lives Matter" as they stand outside on the streets of Rochester on Sunday to continue to protest the death of Daniel Prude

Sunday's protest ended peacefully with protesters playing music and dancing in front of the Rochester Public Safety building

Sunday's protest ended peacefully with protesters playing music and dancing in front of the Rochester Public Safety building

Two protesters hold signs reading "Defund The Police" on Sunday after protests broke out in Rochester, New York this week

Two protesters hold signs reading "Defund The Police" on Sunday after protests broke out in Rochester, New York this week

During a protest against the death of a black man, Daniel Prude, people view a makeshift memorial after police pulled a spit hood over their heads while being arrested and died of "suffocation complications from physical restraint".

During a protest against the death of a black man, Daniel Prude, people view a makeshift memorial after police pulled a spit hood over their heads while being arrested and died of "suffocation complications from physical restraint".

A rally had started at 8 p.m. on Sunday on Jefferson Avenue, the street where Prude was being held and suffocated by officers, and proceeded to the public security building.

In the public security building, protesters called for police reform and an end to inequality. The night ended with music and dancing in front of the public security building.

On Friday night, the mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was confronted by disgruntled residents at his home about his city's politics and law enforcement.

Around 100 people met in the East Liberty neighborhood for "civil Saturdays," as their ongoing protests have been called. They were traveling downtown.

The Post-Gazette reports that the demonstration on Saturday was intended to disturb restaurant diners and residents with a call for Black Lives Matter.

"Out of the bars and onto the street," the group sang.

Which eventually rounded to the home of Mayor Bill Peduto after criminal charges were filed against four protest leaders.

In front of Peduto's house, protesters met with half a dozen Pittsburgh police officers standing at the mayor's door.

After standing there for a short time, the Post-Gazette reported that the officers began to put on their hard hats.

"I don't see a riot here, why are you in riot gear?" Protesters sang in response.

The group eventually left Peduto's home and the demonstration broke up peacefully shortly after 10 p.m.

Mayor Peduto's home was surrounded by a line of Pittsburgh police officers standing guard outside the front door (pictured)

Mayor Peduto's home was surrounded by a line of Pittsburgh police officers standing guard outside the front door (pictured)

A crowd of demonstrators held their fists in the air in solidarity on Sunday evening to protest the deaths of Daniel Prude and other black Americans who died in police custody

A crowd of demonstrators held their fists in the air in solidarity on Sunday evening to protest the deaths of Daniel Prude and other black Americans who died in police custody

Pictured: A protester in protective clothing and with a makeshift sign stands among a crowd of other protesters in Rochester

Pictured: A protester in protective clothing and with a makeshift sign stands among a crowd of other protesters in Rochester

In Portland, Oregon, officials announced that 59 people had been arrested on the 101st night of the protests in the city, a new record.

The majority of the arrests concerned low-level crimes, which Multnomah District Attorney Mike Schmidt will dismiss, according to Oregon Live data.

Oregon State Police were responsible for 16 of the 59 arrests and have not yet released the identities.

A rally and march in Alberta Park was scheduled to take place on Sunday, but news came to authorities later that protesters were outside the North Precinct blocking traffic.

KOIN reports that a fire was started on NE MLK Boulevard and firefighters extinguished the flames without further incident.

Hundreds of protesters continued to clash with law enforcement the night before when nearly 30 people were arrested, a swarm of fireworks thrown into the air, and one person set on fire by an inserted Molotov cocktail.

In a video, officials begged residents to move out of the area as Molotov cocktails crash against the sidewalk and fire breaks out.

"This has been declared an illegal gathering," officials say. & # 39; All persons leave the area immediately. Failure to comply with this order could result in the arrest, citation, or use of crowd control agents, including but not limited to tear gas and / or punching weapons. & # 39;

During the 100th night of the Portland protest, a man's shoes burned after some people took Molotov cocktails on the street

During the 100th night of the Portland protest, a man's shoes burned after some people took Molotov cocktails on the street

Seconds later, a Molotov cocktail is thrown, but it falls dangerously close to a protester standing in the street.

A wave of gasping for air can be heard as a man storms out of the inferno with burning feet. The man is desperate to throw the fire away but needs support from other demonstrators.

"Stop, Drop and Roll!" a person screams. The burning man rolls across the floor but has to take off his shoes while the fire continues to burn the fabric.

After the riot was called, a BLM food truck delivering food to protesters stopped at an intersection that was blocked by police and faced officials in a tense stalemate.

When a number of riot police charged the BLM protesters, they dispersed and officials were filmed sprinting after the fleeing protesters sat in normally quiet streets with family houses, pinned them to the ground and handcuffed them while others insulted and taunted them called.

The neighbors blocked their streets with traffic cones and barrels to prevent protesters from parking and joining the demonstration that led to a riot.

A local standing outside his house told DailyMail.com that at one point a line of hundreds of protesters walked along East Burnside Street by Ventura Park spanned nearly twenty blocks.

A protester holds a megaphone as he participates in a protest outside the North Precinct of the Portland Police Bureau on the 101st straight night of protests against police violence and racial inequality in Portland

A protester holds a megaphone as he participates in a protest outside the North Precinct of the Portland Police Bureau on the 101st straight night of protests against police violence and racial inequality in Portland

For the 101st straight night, protesters gather outside the Portland Police Bureau's North Precinct to protest police violence and racial inequality

For the 101st straight night, protesters gather outside the Portland Police Bureau's North Precinct to protest police violence and racial inequality

Portland authorities said they arrested 59 people between Saturday night and Sunday morning - a record

Portland authorities said they arrested 59 people between Saturday night and Sunday morning – a record

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