Members of a pro-police “Back the Blue” rally were seen charging and then fighting with Black Lives Matter counter-protesters in Fort Collins, Colorado over the weekend.
The “Back the Blue” rally began outside the Fort Collins police department around 3 p.m., Detective Erin Feit said. Counter-protesters also arrived, and the demonstrations devolved into “multiple physical disturbances,” Feit said.
According to the Denver Post: “A video livestreamed on the Facebook page for a far-right Colorado podcast shows members of the pro-law enforcement crowd walking toward counter-protesters in a neighborhood a few blocks away from the main rally at the police station. The man who livestreamed the video described the police supporters’ actions as ‘marching’ the counter-protesters out of the area. The pro-police demonstrators outnumbered the counter-protesters, who back away as the pro-police demonstrators move forward.”
Video posted on social media shows members of the “Back the Blue” group, who are seen wearing pro-police t-shirts and carrying American flags, advancing on Black Lives Matter activists before the violent clash.
Video shows the “Back the Blue” group, who are seen wearing pro-police t-shirts and carrying American flags, advancing on Black Lives Matter activists before the two groups end up fighting in a drainage ditch.
It is not clear from the video how the fight began, but the recording shows about a dozen people wrestling and fighting on the ground in the ditch.
“I will f-cking kill you,” someone yells out at the BLM protesters.
“Everybody keep their hands off their weapons!” another man can be heard shouting. “Keep punching each other in the face. Don’t shoot anybody.”
Ciara Wilson posted a video of the confrontation on Instagram.
“I was at the Pro Police FCPD rally today,” she wrote in the caption. “Counter protestors were violently beaten and had no signs of aggression or hostility. Pro Police protestors forced them to the end of the block and then savagely assaulted them. Afterwards the COUNTER PROTESTORS WERE DETAINED. The officers did not tell them why they were being detained. The pro police protestors who literally assaulted these people for no fucking reason other than being PSYCHOPATHS got away with it. I am so sick and tired of this.”
Major Trigger warning….
Back the Blue rally goers outnumber and push BLM counter protesters in to enclosed area then attack them in Fort Collins, CO. pic.twitter.com/tkafUZ8CKN
— T (@t_the_tweeter) August 9, 2020
Black Lives Matter activist Brian Loma told The Rocky Mountain Collegian that the actions of the pro-police group were “disgusting.”
“I value that these people want to have a rally and they want to hold the line, but what I saw was women and as well as some gentlemen being forced, pushed, not only off the sidewalk into the street and then basically chased for two blocks into a trail,” Loma said.
In a statement, the Fort Collins Police Service said that officers issued three arrests and one citation due to “physical disturbances.”