By: Nate James
A restaurant owner in Rochester, NY who offered his business as a place of refuge for Black Lives Matter (BLM) protestors had his business vandalized hours later.
Just hours before a Rochester, New York, restaurant was swarmed and vandalized by protestors demonstrating against the death of Daniel Prude, the owners invited them in for refreshments and offered them a place to "regroup."
Videos recorded during the Friday night Rochester protests show a few dozen people throwing chairs, destroying tables and chasing off patrons. Several thousand people took to the streets of downtown Rochester Friday in the latest protest over the asphyxiation death of Prude, 41, while in the custody of local police earlier this year. Chants of "Black Lives Matter" and calls to "shut down restaurants" are heard in several videos depicting glass shattering and tables being broken at Swan Dive on Alexander Street as well as the nearby Ox and Stone restaurant.
i was at swan dive eating dinner outside when this happened.— Leah Stacy (@leahstacy) September 5, 2020
lots of feelings but — ultimately, this wasn’t productive, and a local small business didn’t deserve destruction. especially not one that posted a few hours before offering water, etc. to protesters. https://t.co/6D0nbNrqzk
Nate James writes from Texas.