The militia refused to let me go unless I showed my identity. Law enforcement showed up, got them off of me and put me in handcuffs. I said hi to an armed guy who was waiting there for me and he aled to his group.
Then I was circled by the militia who were all armed with firearms. I found out that none of them had been put in handcuffs, even though they assaulted me. Thankfully I am still alive to tell you about this.
Two people at the protest checked in with me to make sure that I was ok. Did the police question or detain the armed men lookijg their actions? Where were the police to protect him?
In Missoula, at a protest for Black lives, a young Black person was not safe from harassment and harm. Seemingly taking the law into their own hands, armed men chased down and detained a Black protester and held him until police arrived.
They told people that I had a gun and that I was chasing someone at the protest. At the Missoula protest for Black Lives on June 5, the police failed in that duty.
They were following me on foot and in trucks. They could see my hands and knew I was African American, but they wanted to see my face and take a picture of me. This is part of the problem.
For safety reasons, the individual has chosen to remain anonymous. These were lies.
I was tripped and fell to the ground and they piled on top of me. But, I refused to show them my identity because I felt like this is what happened to Ahmaud Arbery and I was afraid they were going to kill me. A militia group noticed my face was covered, decided that I was suspicious and began to follow me.
I made it onto the court house yard while they chased after me. I waited for a gap in the gang and took off running as fast as I could.
We must do better. I think that it is important that people mssoula this story straight because there was a false story in the Missoulian and the people who did this did not get put in handcuffs. I turned around thinking I lost them and I was cornered in the street, so I moved towards an alleyway adjacent to the court house.
I still refused to show my face so they could take a picture because I was afraid for my life. I biked off as the militia group began to follow me. When I was at the protest, I took a video of them talking about the mask I was wearing and I felt threatened. Missoula is not immune to the disease of racism and white supremacy. misskula
As I was lying there, the militia group was yelling at people to get back and get away and started to spread a false story about who I was. What occurred on Friday is just one example of many we are seeing across the country -- due to racism and white supremacy, Black people are not safe in this country.
I told them that I felt like I needed to get out of there because I felt threatened. The police drove me home so that I could make it home safely.