Texas Police Shut Down Black Lives Matter Protest in Austin


Video shows the rapid escalation of a confrontation between activists and police in Texas.

Several dozen police officers, some on horseback, narrow in on a crowd of protesters occupying Austin’s Congress Avenue on Saturday.

It was hours into a day that saw two rival protests at the state capitol; Black Lives Gathered to denounce police violence and racial profiling while Police Lives Matter rallied in support of officers after the September murder of Harris County deputy Darren Goforth.

In the early afternoon, dozens of Black Lives Matter activists carried protest banners onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 35 in downtown Austin, briefly blocking traffic before police removed them.

Officers followed the crowd as they walked to Congress. There, a cameraman caught the moment that conflict erupted. A mild scuffle flares up amidst a small crowd of protesters and police. Within seconds, officers have several activists subdued while dozens of others scramble frantically through the street.

KUT radio in Austin reported that police made six arrests—five for disobeying an order and obstructing a freeway and one for assault for throwing a water bottle at an officer.

Click here to watch video.

SOURCE: Dylan Baddour
Houston Chronicle

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