Protest in Washington over the police killing of an unarmed black man had a brief peace meeting between Trump supporters and protesters attending the slain man’s vigil – only for armed individuals to later come by and scream at the vigil goers for being in the road.
The strange scene unfolded at the Friday vigil for Kevin Peterson Jr, a 21-year-old father who was fatally gunned down in a a US Bank parking lot in Vancouver, Washington.
Roughly 1,000 people attended the vigil, which was also attended by flag waving Trump supporters. Several of the Trump supporters had guns but there were some protestors at the vigil who were also armed.
The scene unfolded on Friday during a vigil for 21-year-old Kevin Peterson Jr in Vancouver, Washington
A brief clip filmed by Independent Media PDX shows a group of the vigil members crossing Highway 99, approaching the Trump supporters and Chandler Pappas of Patriot Prayer.
One man in the group takes charge and asks the flag wavers and gun toters if they can allow space so that people can pay their respects to the slain father.
He calmly explains to the group that he is not a member of Black Lives Matter as he tells them that he is just there to maintain peace.
As he shakes various Trump supporters hands, one man tells him: ‘We can’t let the media divide us.’
One protester led the peace talk that took place between vigil attendees and the Trump supporters
As he shakes various Trump supporters hands, one man tells him: ‘We can’t let the media divide us’
The peacemaker chastises people on both sides for playing ‘a political game.’
‘Some of you are racist, I don’t give a f**k,’ the man continues in the clip. ‘That’s your personal belief in life so be you. Be that in your world, that’s cool. Just respect each other.
The Trump supporters tell the vigil group that they will police their people who are being ‘antagonistic’ as the two groups continue to shake hands and the clip comes to a close.
‘Some of you are racist, I don’t give a f**k,’ the man continues in the clip. ‘That’s your personal belief in life so be you. Be that in your world, that’s cool. Just respect each other’
The moment of solidarity was cut brief when not to long after, another clip shows some of the men with guns approaching the vigil attendees and screaming profanities at them as they tell them to get off the street.
While it is unclear whether any of the people who were at the peace meeting were a part of either group, the two factions can be heard screaming at each other as the night of protest continue.
‘Shortly after flag wavers left the area, armed individuals came and told protesters from the vigil to get out of the street. “This isn’t Portland”,’ tweeted Independent Media PDX.
Soon after the initial clip, armed vigilantes screamed at vigil attendees to get out of the street
The reportedly told the group ‘this isn’t Portland’
The encounter comes as thousands have taken to the Washington streets to protest the killing of the father whose family said did not have a police record.
Witnesses said they saw Peterson ‘looking scared’ and running from the officers before cops offloaded multiple rounds of bullets into him on October 29.
Witnesses said they saw Peterson ‘looking scared’ and running from the officers before cops offloaded multiple rounds of bullets into him on October 29
Ben Crump, the attorney for several other families of black people killed by cops, claims his body was then left lying in the street for 12 hours and that authorities refused to speak with his devastated family.
Clark County Sheriff’s Office confirmed hours later its deputies had been involved in a shooting near the 6800 block of NE Highway 99, in the Hazel Dell area of the city.
It is not clear why officers were at the scene in the first place or why they opened fire on the young black father. Peterson’s father confirmed his son’s identity, said he had no criminal record and said the family did not know any reason why he would have been involved in an incident with the police.
His devastated girlfriend and mother of his child Kailiah Peterson said he called her moments before shots rung out and told her he loved her as he died.