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There was a tense standoff in Louisville, Kentucky over the weekend when Black Lives Matter protesters set upon a group of diners sitting in a restaurant’s outdoor patio area.
One of those diners was armed with a small handgun, and he was captured on video holding the protesters at bay as they shouted and otherwise harassed him — it’s not clear what may have prompted him to produce the weapon.
The BLM group was looking to exploit Saturday’s running of the 147th Kentucky Derby to call attention to the March 2020 death of Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police when they were fired on while executing a court-approved no-knock warrant to search her apartment for signs of drug trafficking — police insist they announced themselves beforehand.
Protesters approached the La Chasse restaurant, located in the Highlands, which is not far from the Churchill Downs Racetrack where the Kentucky Derby runs, and stopped at the establishment as diners sat outside.
A black woman, possibly a protest organizer, is seen in video footage frantically trying to get the small mob to move away from an elderly white man who is standing with his back to a window while holding a gun: “No, no, no,” she screamed to little effect. “Go!”