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Mayor: Couple points gun at Black Lives Matter activists

Emily De Vito and WNYT Staff
Updated: July 13, 2020 10:18 AM
Created: July 13, 2020 10:03 AM

KINDERHOOK – A couple allegedly began waving a gun at protesters during a peaceful Black Lives Matter rally in Kinderhook Saturday.  

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Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson had posted a few Facebook live videos about the incident that took place Saturday.

He said he was disappointed to see a peaceful protest in Kinderhook end this way.   

The mayor said he wanted to take the time to recount what happened.   

He said at the tail end of the Black Lives Matter protest -- the group got to Rothermel Avenue.   

Johnson said a man came out of a home, saying obscenities -- trying to rile everyone up. He said the man then yelled to his wife to “get my gun.”   

Johnson said she ran inside and came back out waving a gun around. Videos and photos appear to show the woman holding a gun.

He said that eventually state police did get involved. They were there to help with the rally, and Johnson said they followed the woman into the home and then state police came out with a gun.

Police put the couple into a patrol car, but Johnson said he could not understand why they were not being handcuffed.

He said he asked why they were not being charged with something, but he said the officer did not answer.

He said he had asked the officer if the gun was illegal -- Johnson said the officer said he had no idea, and they would have to do an investigation.    

Johnson also said he was surprised at how many people on social media asked if people at the rally deserved to have a gun pointed at them.

Johnson said the protesters were being peaceful and were concerned about their safety at that point.

To hear about the incident further, click on Emily De Vito’s report.


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