Story at a glance

  • Viral video shows a group of protesters confronting a woman seated outside a restaurant who refused to show her support for the group.
  • “I felt I was under attack,” the woman told Washington Post reporter Fredrick Kunkle.
  • A second viral video shows a group of protesters harassing two people outside a Washington, D.C., restaurant. A woman is seen screaming in their faces without a mask after they refused to raise their fist.

Several videos showing Black Lives Matter protesters confronting and harassing people eating outside restaurants in Washington, D.C., went viral Tuesday as demonstrations were held nationwide over the police shooting of Jacob Blake. 

One video reportedly filmed in the Adams Morgan neighborhood Monday night shows protesters demanding a woman seated outside a restaurant raise her fist to show her solidarity for their cause. 

When the woman refused, she was surrounded by a number of protesters with their fists raised in the air who screamed and berated her for not doing so. 

“I felt I was under attack,” the woman told Washington Post reporter Fredrick Kunkle, adding that she had been marching with protesters for several weeks and was “very much with them,” but didn’t feel right about being coerced by the group to display her support. 

A second viral video shows a group of protesters harassing two people outside another Washington restaurant. A woman is seen screaming in their faces without a mask after they refused to raise their fist with the group.

 

The video shows other restaurant patrons with fists raised. 

Protesters have again taken to the streets after police in Kenosha, Wis., shot Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, several times in the back at close range and in view of his children. 

Blake is currently in critical condition in a local hospital and reportedly paralyzed from the waist down. 

The shooting renewed protests calling for an end to police brutality and came less than three months after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and six months after the police killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky.

Published on Aug 25, 2020