Proud Boys march devolves into violence as group clashes with counter-protestsers in Michigan (VIDEOS)
Videos from the event show a large group of Proud Boys marching in Kalamazoo on Saturday, most holding American flags and being confronted by counter-protesters who tried to break up the march. As the two groups start mixing, several fistfights and pushing matches can be seen breaking out.
The Proud Boys marchers were chanting “four more years” in support of President Trump right before things turned violent. The group has been designated a hate group by The Southern Poverty Law Center.
The Proud Boys had announced their intention to march, prompting counter-demonstrators to gather in the area waiting to meet them.
A crowd is forming toward the Arcadia Creek entrance pic.twitter.com/OhcNpwTvHg— Samuel J. Robinson (@samueljrob) August 15, 2020
As the clashes and fights continued, pepper spray was eventually deployed, according to local reports. Some people tried to calm the situation and talk protesters on both sides out of violence, but with little success.
Proud Boys members can be heard at one point yelling, “f**k Antifa” to the counter protesters, who held signs reading things like, “racists go home.” Some also chanted “black lives matter.”
Proud Boys are attacking counter protesters, spraying pepper spray. I have been hit and sprayed. pic.twitter.com/JxzELa1ZEP— Samuel J. Robinson (@samueljrob) August 15, 2020
Police in riot gear eventually cleared the area after giving a five minute warning to everyone present.
Police in riot gear have given a five-minute warning to clear the area until they start arresting people near East Water and Edwards streets. The Proud Boys have largely cleared out, overwhelmed by counter-protesters. @WOODTVpic.twitter.com/EVN8K0diHY— John Domol (@JohnnyDomol) August 15, 2020
Several arrests were reportedly made by police, including MLive reporter Samuel J Robinson, whose detainment was caught on camera.
The Proud Boys left after police took control of the area. A group of counter-protesters remained, however, to protest the police being too late and not intervening sooner.
Most of the activity has moved back to the original spot where confrontation between the Proud Boys and counter-protesters began—Water and Edwards streets. I have personally seen one arrest; the man was loaded into a van closer to Rose and Michigan. @WOODTVpic.twitter.com/IyZwqYokwr— John Domol (@JohnnyDomol) August 15, 2020
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