Pittsburgh: Charges Filed Against BLM Protesters After Video Shows Them Cursing at Restaurant Patrons
In one incident captured on video, a protester grabs a diners beer and chugs it.
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In Pittsburgh, three Black Lives Matters protesters have been charged after law enforcement identified them as the individuals harassing local diners. In one incident captured on video, a protester grabs a diners beer and chugs it.
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Pittsburgh police filed the charges Monday against Shawn Green, Kenneth McDowell and Monique Craft in connection with an incident that took place two weeks ago on Labor Day during a protest march in the city’s downtown, Pittsburgh local media reported.
The restaurant was identified as Sienna Mercato.
One of the videos shows Craft, in a T-shirt that said “Nazi Lives Don’t Matter,” walking up to an outdoor table where an older White couple was dining. The video showed him grab a glass of beer off the table and chug it.
Craft, 35, who identifies as nonbinary, was charged by summons with theft, conspiracy and simple trespass, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
The paper quoted Craft as saying the videos only show one side of the story and that she was offered the beer.
McDowell, 33, was charged with possessing instruments of a crime, conspiracy, harassment and two counts of disorderly conduct, according to the paper.
A criminal complaint said McDowell screamed obscenities at Sienna Mercato diners with a megaphone, WPXI-TV reported.
Green, 24, faces charges of disorderly conduct, conspiracy, criminal mischief and simple trespass.
The complaint said he swore at the White couple at Sienna Mercato and gave them the middle finger, the station reported.
Craft has a November court date to answer the charges.
Police issued arrest warrants for McDowell and Green.
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