BLM protester who downed couple’s drink as activists screamed ‘f*** white people’ is charged with two others
THE Black Lives Matter protester who downed an elderly couple's drink as activists shouted "f*** white people" has been charged alongside two others.
Monique Craft, 35, Kenneth McDowell, 33, and Shawn Green, 24, were charged on Monday.
Craft was charged with theft, conspiracy and simply trespass, while McDowell was charged with possessing instruments of crime, conspiracy, harassment and two counts of disorderly conduct.
Green, who goes by the name of Lorenzo Rulli, faces charges of disorderly conduct, conspiracy, criminal mischief and simply trespass.
The arrests were made just one week after footage from the anti-racism demonstrations in Pennsylvania showed a group of protesters screaming expletives at white diners before one protester appears to swipe an elderly couple's beer.
Craft – who is seen in the footage marching up to their table before grabbing a beer and downing it – told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the woman invited her over for a drink.
The BLM activist, who identifies as nonbinary, said a group of men began screaming "Blue Lives Matter" at the group, which the footage does not show.
They said during the shouting match one man swung a bike at protesters, and another swung a skateboard.
According to Craft's account, a strange man began grabbing their hair and putting his hands on their chest – insisting he was trying to avoid further confrontation.
Rulli is also in the clip wearing a purple jacket, swearing at diners and showing them the middle fingers, and insisted the full story had not been shown.
He said: "We don’t target businesses. Our restaurant industry in the city supports us very much.
"We were talking to people that were talking to us. The beer that was consumed was an offer. The glass that fell was a mistake."
He added: "The reason I engaged the individual man and his wife is because her husband called me 'an embarrassment' and 'disgusting'."
Cops identified McDowell as the "ringleader" of the group and said that he used a megaphone to shout at passersby.
He was also accused of getting physical with a McDonald's manager and arguing inches from each other's faces — while neither of them wore facemasks over their mouths.
Photojournalist Ed Thompson, who posted the footage, claimed that the boss was "upset" that the protest was going on in front of the joint, so protesters agreed to go inside and order food.
Thompson said that the manager then got "nasty" with them while food was being given to the protesters.
President Trump weighed in on the incident, saying that demonstrators are "anarchists, not protesters."
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