Heavily armed protesters gather to protect Black Lives Matter protesters who are holding a meeting in Austin
Heavily armed protesters gather to protect Black Lives Matter protesters holding a rally in Austin a week after Garrett Foster was shot – while armed members of the right-wing militia group Three Percenters line up
- Austin police are on high alert as large-scale protests start in town a week after Black Lives Matter, Garrett Foster demonstration
- Armed left-wing activists appear to protect BLM protesters as they march through downtown Austin
- Members of the far-right paramilitary group Three Percenters have also been seen in the city with semi-automatic weapons
- Police have strengthened their armed forces amid fears that the armed opposition will clash
- Police have also warned residents to “be wary” for fear that armed protesters might break into residential buildings
Austin police are bracing themselves for chaos as heavily armed activists from rival groups face a week after the death of a Black Lives Matter demonstrator in the city.
Saturday night, a group of gunmen protecting left-wing protesters were spotted at an improvised memorial to Garrett Foster – the 28-year-old who was killed on a BLM march in Austin last weekend.
Across the street stood camouflage-clad members of the far-right paramilitary group Three Percenters, waving semiautomatic weapons in an intimidating manner.
Members of another far-right group – Boogaloo Boys – were also seen cutting an imposing figure at the monument.
The police have strengthened their forces for fear that tensions between the two groups could explode.
Austin police braces for chaos as heavily armed activists from rival groups face the city a week after the death of BLM demonstrator Garrett Foster. Members of the far-right Boogaloo Boys saw an intimidating presence at his memorial on Saturday evening
An armed activist who was found to support BLM protesters is spotted in the city just before sunset
A video featuring heavily armed protesters from both left-wing and right-wing groups began circulating on social media on Saturday night. Austin police are on high alert
Black Lives Matter protester Garrett Foster (left) was shot dead last Saturday night as he marched through town. His wheelchair-bound fiancé Whitney Mitchell (right) was with him at the time
Austin police have released a statement saying they have called in additional police to help protect both people and property if something goes wrong.
“We are bringing in the necessary staff and working with other local law enforcement agencies, as we have done in recent months, to enable those peacefully and lawfully exercising their first amendment rights while working to prevent violence or destruction of ownership ‘, read a statement from the department.
Those who paid tribute to Foster joined a separate meeting to “ strengthen the voices of Black Austin and demand the defense of the Austin Police Department ” that roamed the city.
In a video shared by Twitter by Nate Kidwellofficers on horseback and bicycle were seen shortly before sunset as they drove across the street.
Some protesters clashed with the police, frightened the horses, and caused a commotion.
“F ** k you!” several activists shouted at the police officers, who cycled in quickly to help.
Meanwhile, police issued a warning to locals in the inner city to be “wary” amid rumors that activists could break into high-rise residential buildings and organize rallies from rooftops.
Two police helicopters are said to circle the city at 20:00.
Although there were no reports of violence early in the evening, police and protesters did collide with the Foster memorial site. In a Twitter video, an activist was heard shouting into a megaphone that the police were ‘f ** king pigs’ because some agitators were fighting with agents.
After sunset, a wall of police officers with shields was seen forming a protective barrier in the center of the city.
Armed men in camoflauge – said to be members of the Boogaloo Boys – stood around Foster’s memorial site
A journalist shared this photo with a wall of police officers with shields forming a protective barrier in the city center
Austin is on high alert after Foster’s shocking murder on the BLM march last Saturday night.
Sergeant Daniel Perry, 33, opened fire on Foster after driving into a crowd of protesters.
Perry claims that he accidentally ran into the protest while working as a driver for a ride and only opened fire in ‘self-defense’ after Foster reportedly brandished AK-47 at him.
A memorial was quickly erected in the city, complete with flowers, candles and tributes. However, the monument was damaged by a right-wing activist who claimed that Foster was a “terrorist” who was “rightly and legally euthanized.”
Vandalism has further fueled tensions in the city.
Saturday night, a group of men with guns said they were ready to march and protect BLM protests
Austin police have released that they have called in additional police to help protect both people and property if things go wrong. Horse officers were patrolled Saturday before sunset
WHAT HAPPENED WITH BLM SUPPORTER GARRETT FOSTER?
On Saturday evening, July 25, Sergeant Daniel Perry reportedly drove a crowd of 100 Black Lives Matter protesters marching through the city.
Perry claims that he accidentally encountered the protest while working as a driver for a ride and suddenly felt threatened amid the crowd.
Garrett Foster – who marched with his disabled fiancé Whitney Mitchell – was armed with an AK-47.
According to Perry, Foster started swinging the weapon in his direction, drawing his own pistol and shooting Foster in self-defense.
28-year-old Foster, a former U.S. Air Force mechanic, was shot three times and later died of injuries in his hospital.
Garrett’s mother Shelia Foster said her son had previously served in the military and described him as a social justice man who had peacefully protested with Mitchell almost every night for the past 50 days
Foster’s fiancé Whitney Mitchell is seen in a memorial march for her late partner, a day after he was shot and killed