Trump Supporters Attack Black Lives Matter Protesters in Colorado
Video shows Trump supporters with a Confederate Flag on their truck attack Black Lives Matter protesters
Counter-protesters and President Trump supporters attacked Black Lives Matters protesters in Teller County, Colorado on Friday. Video evidence shows the counter-protesters approaching a car and punching a man resulting in a skirmish.
In Teller County, #Colorado, following a Facebook post by the Sheriff’s office directed against a car caravan in support of ICE detainees, armed Trump supporters attacked the protesters in full view of law enforcement. No arrests were made. Report coming. pic.twitter.com/8oxBHbVtKj
— It’s Going Down (@IGD_News) July 22, 2020
The group of Black Lives Matter and Abolish ICE protesters held a car demonstration in Teller County, Colorado to bring attention to the sheriff’s policy of detaining ICE inmates in local jails.
The organized counter-protest was on the side of the road. and the demonstrators could be seen wearing Trump merchandise and one truck donned a Confederate flag. Local news reported the incident as a “brawl” and said the counter-protesters made it known that the Black Lives Matter and Abolish ICE protests were not welcome.
The Teller County Sheriff’s Office put out a statement Monday announcing they would be investigating the incident. In the statement, the Sheriff’s Office seemed to blame Black Lives Matter protesters for “intermingling” with Abolish ICE protesters.
The protest to release ICE prisoners from Teller County jails was organized by the wife of a man in ICE detention.
Sheriff Shows Support for Counter Protests?
The Sheriff’s Office also released a preemptive press release to announce that the protest was scheduled and organized by “protesters, who identify themselves as ‘activists and supporters'”.
Teller County Sheriff Jason Mikesell also said, “Sheriff Mikesell has zero tolerance for any criminal behavior including blocking of roadways and/or throwing any objects. If this activity presents itself, any and all violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
The press release was also shared on the Sheriff’s Office official Facebook page, and the official Sheriff’s Office account commented “Thanks” on a reply who asking if they were allowed to counter-protest.
The official account also liked a post offering to stand “shoulder to shoulder in support of local law enforcement and Sheriff Mikesell if called upon to do so.”
The Sheriff Office’s Monday press release made no mention of the counter-protesters and only refers to the Black Lives Matter and Abolish Ice protesters.
In a video taken at the incident counter-protesters approach Black Lives Matter protesters’ cars from a hill where their trucks with American and Confederate flags sit.
Local organizers and protesters at the incident allege the police failed to respond to their complaint, but the Sheriff’s Office said no one filed criminal charges at the event.