Back the Blue, BLM activists clash at the Capitol Saturday

Emily Burkhard
Updated: August 02, 2020 08:15 AM
Created: August 01, 2020 11:40 PM

ALBANY - A Back the Blue rally at the Capitol Saturday quickly turned physical when a scuffle broke out after Black Lives Matter protestors arrived, stepping on and dragging the "thin blue line" flag.

"This is a made up flag, the fact that they find more respect to this flag than America's flag shows that this right here is a gang, this Blue Lives Matter is a gang,” BLM activist Lukee Forbes said.

"The problem that I see is that unfortunately there's not enough family value today to teach that respect all the way around,” Lewis County Sheriff Michael Carpinelli said.

While some parts of the afternoon were chaotic, there were a few moments where demonstrators were able to speak to their counterparts one-on-one.

Some said support for either movement doesn't have to be mutually exclusive.


"It's not us and them, to solve the problems that exist we need to come together, we need communication,” Back the Blue supporter Peggy Donnelly said.

“What's going on what I've noticed is miscommunication,” BLM activist Bugatti Holly said.  “The minute you get one of us and one of them to sit and talk, man the dialogue is awesome, but you get the masses together and everybody want to sit there and look tough. It doesn't work."

NewsChannel 13 hasn’t heard anything about injuries or arrests relating to the demonstrations at the Capitol Saturday.

NewsChannel 13 also reached out to Governor Andrew Cuomo's press office for comment, as Sheriff Michael Carpinelli plans to run against him in the 2022 gubernatorial race, but no one responded.

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