Over a thousand Black Lives Matter demonstrators went marauding through the streets of Rochester, New York Friday on the third consecutive night of protests over the death of a black man who was killed in police custody in March.
Rochester police bodycam footage was released Wednesday showing officers placing a hood over the head of Daniel Prude before pinning him to the ground, kneeling over his back and pushing his face on the pavement until he stopped breathing. He died a week later in the hospital.
The massive crowd of protesters descended on downtown Rochester, confronting diners at a restaurant. A chilling video of the pandemonium that broke out is now going viral on social media.
The clip showed a menacing crowd of protesters surrounding a restaurant and accosting diners while shouting “Black Lives Matter” slogans.
Many of the diners began to panic as the massive crowd descended on them, smashing tables and throwing chairs. Some were tripping over other patrons as they fled the outdoor dining area.
The mob sent terrified patrons inside the restaurant scrambling as one of them flipped over a customer’s table, causing the plates and glasses to come crashing down. ‘We’re shutting your party down,’ said a protester.
Another protester reassured a woman cowering in fright as a nearby table was overturned. “Nobody is going to touch you. Calm down.”
The demonstrators then converged on another restaurant chanting Prude’s name and demanding, “If you don’t give us our sh*t, we shut sh*t down.” One of the protesters then pushed the dinnerware off a table occupied by a group of six female diners. “Get out of here!” one of the patrons said before fleeing in panic.
Hundreds of BLM protesters also flooded the downtown restaurant district of Denver, Colorado Friday night. The mob marched down to the city’s most popular dining area at Larimer Square.
Patrons who were enjoying the night out dining al fresco looked on in shock as protesters stormed through the beautifully lit block chanting and holding placards. The demonstrators were also harassing and blocking drivers in the streets.
Denver restaurants have just started reopening after they were forced to close for nearly six months to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
Residents of the city have been criticizing Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen and Democratic Mayor Michael Hancock for failing to stop protesters from terrorizing them. They fear the downtown business district will become a ghost town if protesters are allowed to continue rampaging through the city.
In late August a group of BLM protesters targeted white diners at an outdoor restaurant in Columbia Heights, Washington, D.C. in the midst of DC Summer Restaurant Week. They taunted and heckled them, chanting “White silence is violence!”
The celebration was held to draw diners to restaurants that have remained open during the coronavirus pandemic. Protesters surrounded patrons and bullied them into raising their fists in solidarity with the movement. They also demanded that diners join their protest instead of eating their meals. Most of the diners obeyed the orders of the menacing protesters but one woman, later identified as urban planner and photographer Lauren Victor, refused their demands.
A viral video showed Victor, who was wearing a mask, with her back pressed up against the wall as she attempted to get away from the protesters who were leaning over her table and screaming in her face. “Are you a Christian?” one woman shouted.
“I felt I was under attack,” Victor later told the media. “In the moment, it didn’t feel right,” she said. “I wasn’t actually frightened. I didn’t think they’d do anything to me. I’m very much with them. I’ve been marching with them for weeks and weeks and weeks.”
BLM mobs have grown increasingly violent and unhinged in recent weeks as soon as reports emerge of deaths of African Americans in police custody.