REPORT: BLM Protesters Trap 100 Customers in New York Grocery Store

Black Lives Matter Protests attack a Wegmans grocery story in Rochester, NY, trapping more than 100 customers inside. (Twitter Video Screenshot/Rob Bell)
Twitter Video Screenshot/Rob Bell

Conventional and social media report that an estimated 100 customers are trapped inside a Rochester, New York, grocery store by Black Lives Matter protesters. The action followed a street march Tuesday morning, protesting the in-custody death of 41-year-old Daniel Prude.

Black Lives Matter protesters marched in Rochester on Tuesday morning to protest Daniel Prude’s death after being arrested by police. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reporter Justin Murphy tweeted a series of posts showing a protest that started peacefully.

As the crowd moved through the downtown area streets, they began disrupting the flow of traffic.

Eventually, the crowd, estimated at 200 people, reaches a Wegmans grocery store and appears to block the exits. Store officials are seen locking the doors as the protesters arrived, WHAM journalist Michael Schwartz tweeted.

Local radio host Bob Lonsberry tweeted that the protesters effectively trapped “hundreds of people” inside the store. He complained that Rochester police stood by and did not assist.

Schwartz tweeted that the store eventually snuck the customers out another exit but kept the doors closed to the protesters.

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported that Prude died of asphyxiation after police handcuffed him, naked, in the middle of a snow-covered street. Advocates complained it took city officials and the police department nearly six months to reveal the details surrounding his death.

The City of Rochester has been under Democrat leadership for more than 40 years and now has a black woman serving as chief of police. A six-month investigation alleges city officials misled the public regarding the death and that then Chief of Police La’Ron Singletary “downplayed, omitted details, and misdirected city officials and the public,” the local newspaper reported. The city later fired Chief Singletary and hired Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan to lead the department.

Following Prude’s death at the hands of police, the city experienced continuing protests and riots, Breitbart News reported. Protests continued in February after Rochester police pepper-sprayed a nine-year-old girl.

Tuesday’s march that ended at the Wegmans grocery store continued into the afternoon as protesters block the parking lot with their cars and set up tents in front of the store, the local newspaper continued. The protest organizers told reporters they came to the store on the city’s outskirts in order to not “preach to the choir.”

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s Sunday-morning talk show, What’s Your Point? Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX, Parler @BobPrice, and Facebook.

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