Violence erupted Saturday afternoon between pro-police and anti-racism protesters in Colorado, resulting in the arrest of three people.
Shocking video posted to social media from the Fort Collins protests shows an all-out brawl as the police supporters pummel Black Lives Matter demonstrators they claimed had attacked a veteran in a wheelchair.
Moments before, the pro-police group, decked out in American flags and carrying Trump 2020 flags, where seen pushing back the counter-protesters blasting them as members of Antifa and 'Commie scum'.
The violence suddenly sparked but claims that the BLM protesters attacked a man in a wheelchair seen earlier in the footage cannot be confirmed in the video.
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An all-out brawl erupted in a ditch between pro-police and anti-racism protesters in Fort Collins, Colorado on Saturday afternoon. Three were arrested for disorderly conduct
In a separate incident an anti-racism protester was beaten to the ground before his arrest
A high school student shared video to Instagram claiming the protester pictured above was arrested without cause. Fort Collins police say arrests were made over 'physical altercations'
It instead shows Back the Blue rally attendees kneeling on top of the counter protesters who they ferociously punch and batter with American flags while the surrounding group continue to shout, 'Go home, Commie Scum'.
'Keep punching each other in the face but don't shoot anybody,' one person is heard shouting, warning all the keep away from their weapons.
Another person in the video, shot by a Back the Blue rally attendee, is also heard claiming that one of the anti-racism protesters had a knife but that it was taken off him.
Police arrive minutes later and arrest two of the BLM protesters, one of whom is shown in a video resisting arrest and trying to escape cops.
The violence erupted after the Back the Blue rally which began outside of the Fort Collins Police Services building on Timberline Road was met with two groups of counter-protesters.
Hundreds of police supporters had lined the street with 'Thin Blue Line' flags and 'Defend the Police' signs.
According to The Collegian, a Black Lives Matter rally had taken place at Colorado State University earlier in the day after which some traveled to Fort Collins Police Station to begin the counter-protest.
The pro-police protesters claimed the counter-protesters had assaulted a veteran in a wheelchair seen earlier in the clip but it could not be confirmed from footage shared
The counter-protesters are seen being held to the ground and pummeled
They report that there were peaceful conversations being held between the protesters and counter-protesters but that trouble began when a second group of anti-racism protesters emerged who were dressed all in black and whom the pro-police group began to refer to as Antifa.
'As soon as I approached, I see people that have come from the side of the street from the pro-cops, they are wanting to, I want to say, … surround maybe three or four individuals who are holding up these signs that say Black Lives Matter to have a conversation,' Julius Philpot, a frequent speaker at local Black Lives Matter rallies told the paper.
Yet after 20 minutes, the second group dressed in 'all black tactical gear' approached, he claimed.
The second group angered the pro-police protesters and they gathered to push them forward and away from the area while verbally harassing them.
'So, we are currently marching the Antifa commie bas****s out of the neighborhood because nobody wants Antifa in the neighborhood. Nobody wants them here, so we’re marching them out,' the pro-police protester recording the video narrated.
The pro-police group had chased the counter-protesters dressed all in black down two blocks
One person was heard telling those fighting to be careful not to shoot
'I think it's quite disgusting,' said Brian Loma, founder of the Denver-based Cut the Plastic.
'I value that these people want to have a rally and they want to hold the line, but what I saw was women and as well as some gentlemen being forced, pushed, not only off the sidewalk into the street and then basically chased for two blocks into a trail.'
Video of the incident was also shared online by local high school student and organizer with the Fort