Black Lives Matter Protesters Halt Pride Parade


WATCHED STATION THIS IS WCCO 4 NEWS. THANKS FOR JOINING US THIS EVENING. I AM ANGELA DAVIS. THE 2017 TWIN CITIES PRIDE FESTIVAL IS ABOUT TO WRAP UP. THIS YEAR’S EVENT HAS BEEN FULL OF TWISTS AND TURNS BEGINNING WITH A DEBATE OVER WHETHER OR NOT POLICE OFFICERS SHOULD BE INVOLVED. THIS MORNING AS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE GATHERED THE ANNUAL PARADE CAME TO A SUDDEN STOP. [ CHANTING ]. BLACK LIVES MATTER DEMONSTRATORS JUMPED AHEAD OF THE PARADE’S LEAD-OFF VEHICLE. AN UNMARKED POLICE SQUAD CAR. THEY WERE UPSET FOR POLICE OFFICERS BEING INCLUDED IN THE PARADE AND THE ACQUITTAL OF THE OFFICER WHO SHOT PHILANDO CASTILE. THE PARADE WAS DELAYED AN HOUR AS MARCHERS STOPPED TO RALLY AT EACH INTERSECTION. LOOKS LIKE THINGS GOT TENSE THERE, SUSAN? Reporter: THERE IS DEFINITELY SOME CONFUSION OUT THERE TODAY, ANGELA. YOU KNOW, THERE IS TWO BIG COMPONENTS TO PRIDE EVERY YEAR. THIS FESTIVAL HERE IN LORING PARK THAT WRAPS UP IN 30 MINUTES, STILL IN FULL SWING HERE, BUT THE PARADE HAPPENS SUNDAY MORNING. IT’S AN ANNUAL EVENT. THE FOLKS WHO CAME OUT TO WATCH TODAY GOT MORE ACTION THAN WE EXPECTED TO SEE. AN UNEXPECTED STOP. [ CHANTING ]. Reporter: BLACK LIVES MATTER SUPPORTERS BLOCKED THE PARADE STOPPING AT INTERSECTION AFTER INTERSECTION TO MAKE THEIR STATEMENT, DEMANDING POLICE OFFICERS BE REMOVED FROM THE PARADE BEFORE STAGING A DIE-IN, AND THEN A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY POLICE VIOLENCE. THE CROWD LOOKED ON. I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND WHY THEY’RE HERE, WHY THEY NEED TO HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD. Reporter: WHILE MOST ON THE SIDELINES QUIETLY OBSERVED AS THE PARADE WAS STALLED, SOME JUST WANTED THE SHOW TO GO ON. THIS IS OUR DAY, OUR TIME. THIS IS WHAT WE’RE FIGHTING FOR, FOR WHAT THEY ARE STOPPING THE PARADE ON. THIS IS WHY WE’RE ALL HERE. 30, 40 YEARS. Reporter: AFTER AN HOUR, THE DEMONSTRATORS CLEARED. PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO PROTEST. IT’S GREAT. I THINK PEOPLE WERE REALLY RESPECTFUL OF THAT AND NOW IT’S TIME FOR A PARADE. Reporter: AND WITH THAT THE SHOW DID GO ON. INSTEAD OF LEADING OFF THE PARADE AS ONCE PLANNED WITH OFFICERS, OFFICERS MARCHED MIDWAY THROUGH THE PARADE SHOWING OFF THEIR COLORS AND RECEIVING SOME HUGS. THE POMP. THE CIRCUMSTANCE. IT WAS A PARTY DELAYED, BUT A CELEBRATION STILL HAD. NOW, THE PARADE MOVED A LITTLE FASTER THAN NORMAL BECAUSE THEY HAD TO MAKE SURE THAT STREETS WERE CLEARED IN TIME. THINGS WRAPPING UP TODAY. I SPOKE WITH THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. SHE SENT ME A TEXT AND SAID, HEY, YOU KNOW WHAT? IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY AND WE

68 thoughts on “Black Lives Matter Protesters Halt Pride Parade”

  1. Hopefully, BLM won't crash next year's Parade. I think more police officers are needed to take care of BLM Protesters. Fucking assholes.

  2. Glad to see any protest can happen no matter how ridiculous. I'll be sure to stop the parade next year because I didn't get the colour truck I wanted. Was really wanting red but they only had silver. I better be respected for my right to protest as well.

  3. You know why a lot hate BLM? Because they don't take the time to get permits to have their own march or rallies! Instead they just force themselves into other rallies, rallies to organizations that are probably be on their side if they weren't assholes. At least the gay pride community is doing it right and making big differences. The BLM needs to go away and rebrand and organize AND GET YOUR OWN PERMITS! Instead of crashing other rallies where people worked hard to get it done.

  4. Should they be involved? Police officers – yes. Racist cunt waffles from BLM demanding the inclusion parade be about excluding people for no reason – no.

  5. When does BLM protest people affected by black violence? It's significantly higher number and much much less justified.

  6. when i see videos like these. i think that americans are stupid even though a group like this doenst represent an antire country.

  7. I was in the parade. And it was so bullshit that we had to be delayed because the special snowflakes had to take over the one day that I feel like I can truly be myself without being judged. Fuck off, black lives matter. You have your own time and place.

  8. WHY IS IT THAT BLM DEMANDS RESPECT BUT NEVER EVER SHOWS ANY RESPECT ? THAT IS WHY BLM IS A JOKE AMONG THE BLACK COMMUNITY THAT HAS COMMON SENSE AND REAL WISDOM !!!! AND EVEN MORE SO WITH NON BLACKS SO MAYBE BLM NEEDS TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND DEMAND CHANGE FROM WITHIN BLM!!!!

  9. See the BLM making themselves more important then any community doesn't matter your colour doesn't matter your sexual preference they are more important in thier eyes then anyone..

  10. this is funny, I don't care for blm but they can disrupt a homosexual freak show anytime. keep doing it and I'll March with you.

  11. Honest question: do black people ever eat pistachios?? I'm feeling lie its a pretty white food. I'm pretty white btw

  12. BLM is the biggest joke in America. They look and act so uneducated when they pull their stupid stunts. They simply don't represent anybody but themselves and support criminals. They are actually dumb enough to think the police should not be around when rallies or protests are held. They don't want the police trying to stop them when they decide to become violent. They think laws don't apply to them. They are the dumbest organization created for the dumbest reasons. Telling lies and displaying ignorance and racism is what they are good at.

  13. You don't let a domestic terrorist group have a platform. Should have brought out the water cannons and blown their sorry asses down the street. All of them are pieces of shit. Bowel Movements Matter. Make sure you have one and then flush it.

  14. I hate to say it but… if a swarm of bees came in and stung everyone there, I wouldn't have felt bad.

  15. BLM don't matter blacks prove this everyday of the week, so if they can't stand each other, what makes them believe we should be able to tolerate them.

  16. being gay is nothing to be proud of or feel bad for… "pride" is a dumb concept… BLM is for gullible people

  17. “Yo Minneapolis Pride. I’m really happy for you. Ima let you finish. But Black Lives Matter is one of the best movements ever. One of the best movements ever.” So says the BLM leader

  18. Both groups had the right to voice how they feel and I don't really think it matters, just think of it as a small break for the people at pride

  19. Black lives matter is a racist group funded by Jews George Soros who go around and pick on white people they do not care about their own they only attend functions to agitate and create problems and create the division between white and black they are racist POS

  20. I was at the 2018 TC pride and the same thing happened. They would stop every so often and do the same 15 minute chant (yes I timed it) and hold up the parade. They were saying shit like “abolish police” and “no police at pride” like okay but police are at pride to keep people safe and break up fights, do you wanna be trampled to death if things get out of hand? Like I absolutely support their right to peacefully protest but holding up the parade and saying we should abolish police is a little extreme.

  21. Throwing themselves on the floor like spoiled brats having a tantrum – pathetic. Do we not have snowplows?

  22. I think pride parades are dumb, first of all people need to get somewhere on the streets but all these unnecessary parades are blocking everyone from going where they need to go. Second of all everybody knows ur gay u ain’t gotta start a whole parade and crap, why don’t us straight people start having a parade and block y’all on the streets?

  23. While a completely innapropriate platform to protest and sending the completely wrong message to proponents of both groups, the crowd was surprisingly tolerant of them doing it AGAIN last year… But then they started swearing around quite a few children with their fuck the cops chants and the crowd turned on them. Not sure what they expected really. But to people saying two groups are turning on each other I just have to point out that it was only like 20 protesters and one or two were black. It was mostly queer white hipster females but now the black community has to answer for something they seemed to not want any part in.

  24. Blm is bullshit all lives matter. No one life matters more then the other because of the color of your skin. That is just stupid!

  25. I think that was a bad move for BLM, if they wanted to be in it, sign something or ask to be in it. Don't got to it and make diomands and stand in the way, it make you look bad. Ps I forgot about BLM, I thought this died out long ago.

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