Domestic terrorists? Black Lives Matter ‘protesters’ trap more than 100 people inside a grocery store


The following article contains editorial content written by a former police officer and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

ROCHESTER, NY- Still winning hearts and minds across America…that’s Black Lives Matter for you.

On Tuesday afternoon in Rochester, New York, over 200 “oppressed” Black Lives Matter protesters trapped customers inside a Wegman’s grocery store, according to The Federalist.

Yet across the country, Americans are expected to support the cause they represent and some get fired if they don’t.


The incident occurred one year after a man named Daniel Prude died after getting into an altercation with the Rochester Police Department. Last month, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that no charges would be forthcoming against the officers involved.

“In the course of the investigation, the Office of the Attorney General concluded there was sufficient evidence surrounding Mr. Prude’s death to warrant presenting the case to a grand jury,” James said in a statement.

In this case, the grand jury apparently felt otherwise.

In videos posted to Twitter, BLM rioters, er protesters can be seen forming a mob outside of the grocery store, changing Prude’s name and other snappy slogans. There were other demonstrations taking place elsewhere in the city.

“Wegmans is a system that upholds white supremacy,” said one such protester, Ashley Gantt who is a leader of the organization Free the People Rochester that was behind Tuesday’s disturbance.

Gantt didn’t describe how a grocery store represents a “system that upholds white supremacy,” but it’s probably fascinating.

One local radio host, Bob Lonsberry who actually was engaged in the practice of journalism tweeted:

“Allowing the mob to shut down the East Ave [Wegmans}, trapping at least a hundred people, is an immoral failing by the mayor at @CityRochesterNY and the @RochesterNYPD. TO kiss the ass of the mob, the rights of others are trodden, and the city dies even more.”

Lonsberry continued:

“Hundreds of people trapped in the East Avenue #ROC Wegmans by this mob. The Rochester Police Department is just watching and letting it happen. I guess fire codes and trespassing aren’t things in Rochester anymore. What an embarrassing day for the city and the PD.”

The mob forced employees of the store to board up doors, and several employees could be seen inside the door shaking their heads. It was estimated that some 100 customers were trapped inside the store.

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The protest apparently started out peacefully but as these things tend to do, it went south, Breitbart reported.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reporter Justin Murphy posted a series of tweets during the protests. AS the crowd moved through downtown streets, however they began to disrupt the flow of traffic.

Prude died last year after Prude was handcuffed, wearing no clothes in the middle of a snow-covered street. The cause of death was determined to be asphyxiation, according to the Democrat & Chronicle.  

Prude asked for officers to give him their gun and had to be physically restrained for two minutes, then lost consciousness and was transported to the hospital. 

Enroute to the hospital, medical personnel were able to resuscitate Prude. The Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office “listed the cause of Prude’s death as ‘complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint due to excited delirium due to acute phencyclidine intoxication,’ which indicated that Prude was likely high on PCP, WXXI news reported. 

A little bit like a man named George Floyd. 

According to the police report: 

[The paramedic] stated that the observations of the subject were that he could be experiencing “excited delirium,” which she described as a condition in which the subject is experiencing agitation and aggression; increased heart rate and respiration; overhearing–which she stated would explain the subject being naked on a night when temperatures were around 32 degrees and mixed snow and precipitation–sweating, flushed appearance; excessive strength, high tolerance for pain and incoherent speech. 

“Excessive strength [and] high tolerance for pain” are two clear indicators of PCP intoxication.

Social justice warriors complained that it took city officials and the police department nearly six months to reveal the details involved with his death.

Rochester has been run by Democrats for more than 40 years and the new police chief is a black woman. The police department was accused of misleading the public about Prude’s cause of death, and former police chief La’Ron Singletary “downplayed, omitted details, and misdirected city officials and the public,” according to a local newspaper.

Following Prude’s death, Rochester experienced a series of protests which of course devolved into riots. In February, protests started up again when a nine-year-old girl was pepper sprayed by police.

The protest at Wegman’s continued, with oppressed protesters blocking the parking lot with their cars, and they also set up tents in front of the store, according to local media.

The organizers told reporters they came to the store on the outskirts of the city in order to “not preach to the choir”…whatever that means.

Law Enforcement Today will stay on top of this evolving situation and update if any pertinent additional information comes available.

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