For whatever reason, May Day was a popular day to protest President Donald Trump across the country. But a group of protesters in Durham, N.C. — who had gathered illegally and without a permit — found out the hard way that many Americans are sick and tired of their B.S.:
The group was gathered outside the Durham County Jail on Monday afternoon, blocking the roads, when a truck reportedly “appeared to slowly approach the crowd before several protesters in orange vests tried to stop it and at least one hit the truck with a sign.”
While no one was hurt, protesters say that it “was really scary … to see that blatant disregard for human well-being.”
The incident was caught on video. As you can see below, it doesn’t appear that the driver was trying to hurt anyone — he just wanted to get where he was going, as he had every right to do. Again: the protesters did not have a permit and were illegally blocking the road.
Naturally, the protesters were outraged and claimed that the driver’s actions endangered children and “people with different mobilities that weren’t able to run and pick up and move.”
I don’t know about you, but I don’t see any children or immobile people in the video — a fact that the driver, Joshua Melocik, has pointed out to the media:
“There was nobody who had an inability to leave the path of the vehicle at the speed I was traveling.
Their attempt to cry foul in saying there were children or people with immobility issues was a blatant lie.”
And police agree with Melocik. They won’t press any charges:
[…] police — who were standing outside the jail monitoring the crowd and witnessed the entire incident — made it clear that they have no intention of issuing a citation over the driver’s actions.
Ironically, there is a measure working its way through the North Carolina legislature that “would protect drivers from getting sued if they injure a person blocking a road during a protest.” So perhaps all the protesters out there should take care to get the proper permits first. Or, you know, maybe just don’t stand in the road.