How drunk sports fans helped spark Saturday night & apos; s post-protest violence - Baltimore City Paper

On Saturday night, following the violence that broke out near Camden Yards, a photo of me supposedly protecting a woman from violent protesters surfaced on BuzzFeed and then trickled down to the conservative armpit of the internet where it was mischaracterized. In the photo, I look strangely heroic, and the picture was quickly co-opted by those who like to present an all-too-common and easy narrative: white people being terrorized by black people.

The truth Baynard Woods, is much less interesting, although much more important than "white dude saves" white lady. "

I'm not exactly sure how the violence broke out around 6 pm in front of Pickles Pub on Washington Boulevard and traveled up the street to The Bullpen, Sliders Bar & Grill, and Frank & amp; Nic's West End Grille then down Howard Street. I know a small group of protesters and a small group of baseball fans started whipping bottles at one another and brawling. When the protesters turned the corner onto Washington Boulevard from Camden Street chanting "black lives matter," some baseball fans applauded and a few angrily chanted back, "We do not care" -someone who worked at The Bullpen confirmed this for me. He also said that some patrons chanted "run them over," and one yelled "go get them." Other protestors, including City Paper contributor racist epithets.

A young woman from the bar threw a stool at me and others, and then affected the "come at me bro" stance. At the same time, many protesters were trying to tell the ones who were fighting and throwing things to stop causing trouble and keep moving. Some protesters began to grab bags of peanuts from a small stand and throw them at the people at the bar. The woman who threw the stool got hit in the face with a bag of peanuts and she went down. I helped her back up.

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I retreated and noticed another woman from the bar, who earlier had thrown a chair (see video here, 11 seconds in) , pleading with them to stop. I ran up to her and told her to get back. I'm not sure what to say, but I do not know what to do.

At some point around here, a fight started in front of Sliders. Protesters and bar customers were fighting. The videos show people on both sides who wanted to fight and were excited to fight and embraced the opportunity.

The pleading woman followed the protesters up to the bar Frank & Nic's. She was reaching out to people and yelling. I stopped her from walking toward protester who was throwing a chair at a window, and that's when the picture was taken. City Paper contributors Caitlin Goldblatt and Gianna DeCarlo were also talking to the woman at this point and protesting with a big bag and a bottle of vodka that he clearly stole from one of the bars (it has a pourer on it) approached her. That's where we got the image of a protester, who was most certainly looting, who looks like he's stealing a purse, but I was there and I'm really not sure if that's what happening.

A very circulated Facebook message and picture

A tweet from City Paper contributor D. Watkins:

Some of the Oriole fans who got their asses whipped this weekend were taunting protesters, calling us "Apes, Niggers and Monkeys"

- D. (@dwatkinsworld)

  • Adam Floyd