Louisville diner brandishes handgun after armed BLM protesters surround restaurant

A Louisville diner brandished a handgun at armed Black Lives Matter protesters surrounding a restaurant during a demonstration for Breonna Taylor

The unidentified man is thought to have been eating at upscale French eatery La Chasse on Saturday night when he confronted the group of around 50 protesters. 

They had been marching ahead of the 147th Kentucky Derby over Taylor’s death at the hands of police during a raid at her home last March. 

Video shows the diner pointing his handgun at the protesters who were arguing with him as one female demonstrator urged the group to keep moving down the block.  

Louisville Metro Police spokesperson Alicia Smiley confirmed to Fox News that the protesters were also armed. Kentucky is an open carry state.  

At least five people were arrested in connection with the incident. Charges include possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, failure to disperse and evading police, TMZ reported. 

The man with his gun drawn does not appear to have been arrested. 

The unidentified man is thought to have been eating at upmarket La Chasse on Saturday night when he confronted the group of around 50 people

Footage shows as the diner points his handgun at protesters. A female demonstrator urges the protesters to continue moving down the block. The group argues with the man who stands with his gun drawn

Footage shows as the diner points his handgun at protesters. A female demonstrator urges the protesters to continue moving down the block. The group argues with the man who stands with his gun drawn

An armed BLM protester argues with the diner as a female demonstrator pleads with them to leave

An armed BLM protester argues with the diner as a female demonstrator pleads with them to leave  

Smiley, the LMPD spokesperson, said a restaurant worker described ‘multiple armed protesters entered the restaurant property, which included outdoor dining space’. 

‘During the encounter both patrons and protesters brandished firearms,’ Smiley said. 

‘This incident occurred after the arrests of southbound protesters in the area on the 1500 block of Bardstown Road. 

‘The arrests of that group were made after protesters repeatedly blocked the roadway despite officers giving multiple verbal requests for them to utilize the sidewalk.’ 

A reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal also confirmed a ‘few protesters’ were armed, adding: ‘It was a very tense few minutes.’ 

DailyMail.com has contacted Louisville Metro Police for comment. 

The Justice Department announced last month that it is opening a sweeping probe into policing in Louisville, Kentucky, over the March 2020 death of Breonna Taylor.

Taylor was shot to death by police during a raid at her home.

The 26-year-old Taylor, an emergency medical technician who had been studying to become a nurse, was roused from her bed by police who came through the door using a battering ram. Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired once. 

A no-knock warrant was approved as part of a narcotics investigation. No drugs were found at her home.  

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Protesters descended upon Maya Taqueria on Tuesday following the Chauvin verdict

Protesters can be seen surrounding the restaurant as they chant together

Protesters can be seen surrounding the restaurant as they chant together

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