Protests against Donald Trump tearing babies, toddlers, and children from mothers and fathers seeking asylum sprung up across the country. Unfortunately, not all of them were peaceful. The “Families Belong Together” rallies against the president’s cruel and inhumane actions demanded that these families be brought together. Instead, Trump supporters acted out in dangerous ways.
A rally organizer, Ava Caldwell, told WHNT 19 News:
‘He pulled out a gun. I saw him holding it out in front of him. We just started screaming for everybody to drop to the ground. We all dropped to the ground crying.’
Teens hit the deck, crying and hugging one another, one tweet said:
‘A heckler showed up to
#FamiliesBelongTogetherMarch at Big Spring Park in Huntsville, AL, got confronted, and brandished a firearm. Police apparently took him into custody. Witness tells me teens hit the deck, some cried and hugged after. Developing.’
The ‘Families Belong Together’ rally was formed as part of a national day of action protesting:
‘The Trump administration’s policy of forcibly separating children from their parents and demand that separated families immediately be reunified.’
Lt. Michael Johnson said that Sealy, a certified former high school English teacher, 34, picked a fight with one of the “Families Belong Together” protesters. At the event in Huntsville, Alabama, the counter-protester pushed the protester.
Then, the protester pushed him back. The teacher fell to the ground, and that is when he pulled a gun on the protester.
Caldwell told WHNT 19 News:
‘I guess you never really think it’s going to happen where you are.’
The teacher did not fire any shots, and he was taken into custody for having a firearm within 1,000 feet of a protest. In addition, police charged him with menacing and reckless endangerment. No one was injured.
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