- Protests against racial inequality and police brutality continued across the country on Sunday night
- Demonstrators confronted restaurant diners in Pittsburgh, downing their drinks and smashing glasses
- In Rochester, New York, a man was struck by a vehicle during a demonstration over the death of Daniel Prude
- In Portland 59 people were arrested overnight Saturday – setting a record for protest-related arrests so far
Black Lives Matter protesters screamed in the face of white elderly outdoor diners during protests in Pittsburgh on Saturday, disturbing new video shows.
Cellphone footage shows the crowd taking over the outdoor dining space with one person even approaching the older couple’s table before drinking their beer in front of them; another smashed a glass from a table.
One protester tells the diners: ‘F**k the white people that built the system.’ He adds: ‘F*** 12′; a reference to police. Others eating at the restaurant pick up their belonging and leave after demonstrators call them an ’embarrassment’.
The demonstrations are in response to several black Americans who have died in police custody, with the recently shared footage of the death of Daniel Prude in Rochester, New York in March, sparking the new wave of outrage.
Similar scenes have played out across the county with a diner in Washington D.C. last week cornered by a group of anti-racism protesters outside a restaurant. In another incident, diners in Rochester were also confronted by a large group of demonstrators.
‘We’re shutting your party down,’ one woman was seen shouting in the face of a New York diner as demonstrators smashed the customer’s glasses in front of their faces, broke plates, overturned chairs and chanted at them to get out.
A second video taken in Pittsburgh over the weekend shows a demonstrator speaking with a megaphone while walking next to a cyclist. It’s unclear what is said, but the demonstrator nudges the cyclist with his megaphone. The cyclist swats the demonstrator in response, but a second protester hits the man from behind.
Police in Pittsburgh are said to have launched an investigation into both clips; there were no arrests during Saturday’s protest.
Black Lives Matter protesters screamed in the face of white elderly outdoor diners during protests in Pittsburgh on Saturday, disturbing new video shows
When demonstrators entered the outdoor dining space, one person took a couples’ drink and drank it herself before leaving
Similar scenes have played out across the county with a diner in Washington D.C. last week being cornered by a group of anti-racism protesters outside a restaurant
A large group of demonstrators caused diners to flee when they surrounded a New York restaurant during a protest over the death of Daniel Prude in New York
The footage of the diners in Pittsburgh being approached sparked outrage online. One Twitter user, Michele Lippert, wrote: ‘I am so sick of this!!!’ 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.’
Bob Billen wrote: ‘I just don’t understand what the endgame is for this insult, smash and dash style of “protesting”. Who is sympathetic to it?’
In Rochester a man attending a demonstration was struck by a car on Sunday.
Shared by Carolyn Delvecchio Hoffman, footage shows a group of demonstrators standing in an intersection during the city’s third night of protest.
Protesters watch a vehicle turning right out of the intersection with a screech, but a few voices suddenly scream out in warning.
Seconds later, a red vehicle accelerates into the crowd and the driver unleashes a wave of yellow spray paint at protesters.
Meanwhile, the unidentified man was crouching down on the concrete and did not see the vehicle coming in time.
Authorities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are investigating after social media footage showed demonstrators and civilians clashing on Saturday
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 call for volunteer medics as the man remains on the ground.
Hoffman said: ‘The driver was not arrested at the scene. Volunteer medics responded to the injured protesters.’
She added that over the course of the night she was shot with rubber bullets and pepper spray during confrontations with the Rochester Police Department.
On Saturday, police used batons, pepper balls and tear gas to push back about 2,000 protesters who marched toward the Public Safety Building on Saturday night, chanting ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘Daniel Prude.’
The Rochester Police Department said in a statement that protesters had ignored their orders to disperse, and that some hurled bottles, rocks and fireworks at officers.
A group of local ‘elders’ arrived early to the protest to act as a human barricade between demonstrators and the Rochester Police Department, according to The Democrat & Chronicle.
The mayor of Rochester on Monday promised reforms are coming to the city’s police department.
People look at a makeshift memorial during a protest over the death of a Black man, Daniel Prude, after police put a spit hood over his head during an arrest and died from ‘complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint’
By 8pm on Sunday, a rally had begun on Jefferson Avenue, the street where Prude was restrained by officers and suffocated to death, and continued to the Public Safety Building.
Once at the Public Safety Building, protesters made calls for police reform and an end to inequality. The night ended with music and dancing in front of the Public Safety Building.
On Friday night, the Mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was confronted over his city’s policies and law enforcement at his home by upset residents.
Around 100 people met in the East Liberty neighborhood for ‘Civil Saturdays,’ the name given to their continued protests, they traveled through downtown.
The Post-Gazette reports that Saturday’s demonstration was meant to disrupt restaurant diners and residents with a call for Black Lives Matter.
‘Out of the bars and into the streets,’ the group chanted.
The eventually rounded to the home of Mayor Bill Peduto after criminal charges were filed against four protest leaders.
Once outside Peduto’s home, demonstrators were met with a half-dozen Pittsburgh police officers standing in front of the mayor’s door.
After standing there for a short time, Post-Gazette reports that officers began putting on their riot helmets.
‘I don’t see a riot here why are you in riot gear?’ protesters chanted in response.
The group eventually left Peduto’s home and the demonstration peacefully dispersed just after 10pm.
In Portland, Oregon, officials revealed that 59 people had been arrested on the 101st night of protests in the city – a new record.
The majority of arrests were over low-level misdemeanors that Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt said he will dismiss, Oregon Live reports.
Oregon State Police was responsible for 16 of the 59 arrests, and they have not yet released the identities.
A rally and march at Alberta Park was scheduled to take place on Sunday, but authorities later received word that protesters were outside the North Precinct blocking traffic.
KOIN reports that a fire was started on NE MLK Boulevard, and fire emergency crews put out the flames without further incident.
The night before, hundreds of protesters continued to clash with law enforcement as nearly 30 people were arrested, a swarm of fireworks were launched into the air and one person caught on fire from a deployed Molotov cocktail.
In one video, officers implore residents to disperse from the area as Molotov cocktails crash against the pavement and fire erupts.
‘This has been declared an unlawful assembly,’ officers say. ‘All persons immediately leave the area. Failure to adhere to this order may subject you too arrest, citation or the use of crowd control agents including but not limited to tear gas and, or impact weapons.’
During the 100th night of protest in Portland, a man’s shoes caught on fire after some people launched Molotov cocktails into roadways
Seconds later, a Molotov cocktail is thrown but drops dangerously close to a protester standing in the roadway.
A wave a gasps are heard as a man rushes out of the inferno with both his feet on fire. The man desperately tries to kick the fire away but needs assistance from other demonstrators.
‘Stop, drop and roll!’ one person shouts. The man on fire rolls across the ground but is forced to take his shoes off as the fire continues to burn the fabric.
After the riot was declared, a BLM ‘snack van’ that hands out food to protesters pulled up to an intersection blocked by police and faced officers in a tense standoff.
When a line of riot police charged the BLM demonstrators they scattered, and officers were filmed sprinting after the fleeing protesters down normally quiet streets lined with family homes, pinning them to the ground and cuffing them while others shouted insults and taunts.
Neighbors blocked their roads with traffic cones and barrels to prevent protesters parking and joining the demonstration that devolved into a riot.
A local standing outside his home told DailyMail.com that at one point a line of hundreds of marchers trooping down East Burnside Street by Ventura Park stretched almost twenty city blocks.