White vigilantes caught on video yelling about “fa***t energy” & attacking protestors

A man in a blue sweater pointing at a protestor with half a sign that formerly said "black lives matter"
The man shouting about "fa***t energy" at a protestor whose sign was torn.Photo: Screenshot/Twitter

Vigilante groups of white men roamed the streets of Philadelphia last night with baseball bats and other weapons, apparently with police support. On video, one of the vigilantes tore a Black Lives Matter sign while another yelled about “fa***t energy.”

The video, which has been viewed over 400,000 times on Twitter, shows several vigilantes arguing with Black Lives Matters protestors in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Fishtown. One of the vigilantes explained that he needs to protect the police because they “can’t defend themselves.”

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“Anyone who wants to throw s**t at a cop, or pick on a cop, pick one of us and we’ll go around the corner and fight you, one on one,” the man shouted.

Another vigilante who is with him grabbed and tore a protestor’s “Black Lives Matter” sign.

“Take that fa***t energy- take that f**king fa***t energy and go somewhere else,” the vigilante shouted.

Protests have been held all over the country since late last week when a video of an unarmed Black being strangled by a police officer until he died went viral. Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on George Floyd’s neck – even though the latter was already handcuffed – for eight minutes and 46 seconds, including three minutes after he stopped breathing.

Along with people protesting against police brutality and institutionalized racism, Philadelphia has seen an explosion of vigilante groups roaming neighborhoods with makeshift weapons. The vigilante groups are mostly white men.

WHYY radio producer Jon Ehrens said that he was attacked by one of the vigilante groups, who he said were using the n-word.

“I’m ready to f**k s**t up. You know I’ve been looking for a fight for the past six months,” Ehrens said he heard from the vigilantes.

Ehrens said he was attacked while filming an encounter and posted a picture of his bloodied face.

He posted a picture later after medical treatment at a hospital, saying that he’s “OK.”

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