Salt Lake City archer who wanted to protect the police during the protest and was beaten by protesters will be charged
The hot weekend in Salt Lake City exposed two more controversial incidents during the protests. An archer who did not like one-sided protests decided to side with the police with the slogan “All lives matter,” for which he was beaten, and now Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said the man would be charged.
The video shows how a man who was later identified as Brandon McCormick, a California native who now lives in Salt Lake City, gets into a verbal skirmish with the author of the video and when he starts aiming at people from a bow, several people attack him.
“Yes, I’m American. All lives matter,” McCormick said and began to point his bow on protesters.
BREAKING: Video out of Salt Lake City shows a man readying to aim a bow & arrow at demonstrators as he yells “all lives matter” - demonstrators jumped him and then set his car on fire. Police responded. pic.twitter.com/ErGUuygkVs— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) May 31, 2020
According to police reports, they immediately responded to the incident and defended McCormick. Chief Mike Brown in a Facebook video message said the man showing up with this weapon was “troubling" and a “horrible situation.”
In addition to the radical archer, the same day the police attacked the old man near the city library. Brown also commented on the incident.
“I have seen the video," the chief said, “and it was inappropriate.”
The officer who knocked down the elderly man was identified, but not reported on the measures applied to him.
“It’s not OK,” the mayor told The Salt Lake Tribune of the incident. “It seems to be well outside the protocol, and it’s being investigated.”
Salt Lake City cops shove down an elderly man with a cane for the crime of standing along the street: pic.twitter.com/PCLkHqQtJg— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) May 31, 2020
“I want to say this is not what I would expect from Salt Lake City PD,” Brown said. “My expectations are, that if people are exercising their First Amendment rights, we give them the space to do so peacefully. I have spoken to this gentleman to express my concern for his well-being and to apologize to him personally. It was hard for me to watch what happened, and I know it was even harder for him to experience it.”