In a disturbing turn of events, an alleged pro-Black Lives Matter (BLM) photographer was killed by a fellow BLM protester.
BLM Is at It Again
A reported vocal 27-year-old BLM activist, Tyler Gerth, was shot to death and another person was injured in a protest site located in Louisville, Kentucky. Suspect Steven Nelson Lopez has been booked and arrested, according to the Courier-Journal.
The protests stem from the death of George Floyd – a man who died while in police custody.
Video Footage Shows Disturbing BLM Scene
An obtained Livestream video of the incident shows who appears to be Lopez firing frantically into a BLM protest camp in Jefferson Square Park. The whole footage has been clipped and portions of the video have circulated around social media.
CONTENT WARNING: This video of today’s shooting at Jefferson Square Park was pulled from the FB livestream of one of Louisville’s more vocal protesters. Absolutely horrifying to see. To my friends, coworkers and anybody else down there, please be vigilant. Please be safe. pic.twitter.com/AT8PiOIKrG
— John Boyle (@JBernardBoyle) June 28, 2020
Additional video footage released by the Louisville Metro Police Department seemingly shows Lopez firing openly when a man falls to the ground near him.
Eventually, the gunman’s reign of terror ceased when several people fired back at him. He was ultimately struck in the leg by a bullet. Lopez’s current charges include murder and first-degree wanton endangerment.
Suspect Was Arrested Several Times Prior
This may have been his most recent arrest, but just on June 17, he was arrested with several offenses including, disorderly conduct, inciting a riot, harassment and possession of drug paraphernalia. To make matters even more troubling, he was also arrested again on June 19 for unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct, WYMT wrote.
The now-deceased photographer’s social media accounts give access into his roles as a very public BLM ally.
“I do not see an end to protests, for good reason. I am so proud of everyone who showed up tonight to show support,” one of his Instagram photos is captioned.
Activists Mad Over Murderer’s Arrest
Members of a Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression apparently are critical in having the murder suspect apprehended as quickly as he was.
Members called Lopez’s takedown “an example of the injustice that black folks face every day,” due to him being apprehended speedily while citing that no arrests have been made in the death of a woman named Breonna Taylor. Taylor was shot and killed a few months back by the Louisville Metro Police Department and this has led to both peaceful and violent protests being done in her name.
The contentious alliance also aired grievances about having the protests broken up in Jefferson Square after the shooting took place.
We are enforcing the camping ordinance starting this morning, given the safety risk that now exists in the park. pic.twitter.com/6bPX4wVdSU
— LMPD (@LMPD) June 28, 2020
As BLM members continue to wreak havoc on businesses and innocent individuals, they’ve stepped it up by coming after each other in their own ranks. As the chaos of these protests only gains speed, it seems like its only a matter of time before all this comes to a head.