What started off as a peaceful protest ended with a violent brawl against two teenage sisters.
The protesters were demonstrating against what they perceived as a case of police brutality. The incident they were protesting had happened back in August, and it involved police shooting and killing a black suspect for not dropping his handgun when ordered to.
I understand that there are legitimate cases of excessive force or brutality from police, but when a suspect is being pursued by the police, and he’s carrying a gun, and he won’t drop it, if he gets shot, I can’t really blame the police.
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Whatever the case, this group of protesters were out demonstrating in Stockton, California – about an hour’s drive south of Sacramento – and they were wearing Black Lives Matter shirts. According to a local CBS affiliate:
Police say two Caucasian girls left a local restaurant and passed by the protest when they were attacked by the protestors.
What was supposed to be a peaceful protest remembering Colby Friday turned into a vicious brawl directed against two sisters, and now, investigators are looking for suspects.
“Our understanding is that it involved several out-of-towners whose intent was more than protesting,” said Ron Freitas, the Assistant District Attorney for San Joaquin County.
Stockton police say the protestors claimed to be connected with the Black Lives Matter movement and were protesting recent officer-involved shootings against blacks.
According to police, the two female victims say they felt the attack was racially-fueled because they are white.
Police are not releasing any details about what led up to the attack but say the sisters suffered non-life threatening injuries to their faces and bodies.
Stockton police say there were officers assigned to keep an eye on the protest Friday but say they did not see the attack.
No charges have been filed yet, as the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office is waiting to receive the police report.
“We are disappointed but we are moving forward to get down to the bottom of this,” Freitas said.
While the protesters claimed to be a part of Black Lives Matter, there is no official chapter in Stockton. According to the BLM chapter in Sacramento, none of their members were even at the protest in Stockton, let alone involved in the attack on the two sisters.
Since the victims were white, don’t expect there to be any talk of a “hate crime.” That only occurs when the victims are non-white, and the suspects are white.