The protesters who were captured on video yelling at outdoor restaurant patrons said the footage was one-sided and the confrontation sparked after a group of men shouted 'Blue Live Matter' and one man swung a bike.
The explanation from demonstrators present during Saturday's rally in Rochester, New York, comes after footage of the incident was shared on social media
'Even though people [at the restaurant] saw that whole thing, they still saw me as an aggressor,' Nique Craft, a protester at the event, told Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Cellphone footage shows the protesters taking over the outdoor dining space with Craft approaching an older couple's table before drinking their beer in front of them; another smashed a glass from a table.
One protester, identified as Lorenzo Rulli, tells the diners: 'F**k the white people that built the system.' He adds: 'F*** 12'; a reference to police.
Black Lives Matter protesters screamed in the face of white elderly outdoor diners during protests in Pittsburgh on Saturday, disturbing new video shows
When demonstrators entered the outdoor dining space, Nique Craft (pictured) person took a couples' drink and drank it herself before leaving
Others eating at the restaurant pick up their belonging and leave after demonstrators call them an 'embarrassment'.
The demonstrations are in response to several black Americans who have died in police custody, with the recently shared footage of the death of Daniel Prude in Rochester, New York in March, sparking the new wave of outrage.
Similar scenes have played out across the county with a diner in Washington D.C. last week cornered by a group of anti-racism protesters outside a restaurant. In another incident, diners in Rochester were also confronted by a large group of demonstrators.
Similar scenes have played out across the county with a diner in Washington D.C. last week being cornered by a group of anti-racism protesters outside a restaurant
'We're shutting your party down,' one woman was seen shouting in the face of a New York diner as demonstrators smashed the customer's glasses in front of their faces, broke plates, overturned chairs and chanted at them to get out.
A second video taken in Pittsburgh over the weekend shows a demonstrator speaking with a megaphone while walking next to a cyclist. It's unclear what is said, but the demonstrator nudges the cyclist with his megaphone.
The cyclist swats the demonstrator in response, but a second protester reportedly hits the man from behind with a skateboard.
According to Craft, who identifies as nonbinary, the incident sparked when protesters marched through the area and three men shouted 'Blue Lives Matter.' It's unclear if these men were diners or pedestrians in the area.
When protesters approached the group, one man reportedly swung his back at people.
Craft told the Post-Gazette that one man grabbed Craft's hair and placed a hand on Craft's chest, saying he was trying to stop a confrontation from happening.
After the initial confrontation Craft said that the older man seen in footage chastised protesters for their actions. His wife, however, invited Craft over for a drink and to discuss the situation.
Craft (pictured) said a confrontation began after a group of men yelled 'Blue Lives Matter' at protesters and one man reportedly swung at bike at people
'So, being a theatrical, snarky type of person that I am, I said that I don’t have time to wait for you to order another beer; I will take the one you have,' Craft said.
Craft did not know the man who swung the skateboard at the cyclist.
Police in Pittsburgh are said to have launched an investigation into both clips; there were no arrests during Saturday's protest.
The footage of the diners in Pittsburgh being approached sparked outrage online. One Twitter user, Michele Lippert, wrote: 'I am so sick of this!!!'
Another, Ricardo Dinero, said: 'These terrorists have no place in Pittsburgh or anywhere in America. They don’t care about black lives, they care about chaos.'
One demonstrator and a cyclist get into a brief slapping match as others watch the exchange from restaurants and businesses (pictured)
Authorities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are investigating after social media footage showed demonstrators and civilians clashing on Saturday
Bob Billen wrote: 'I just don't understand what the endgame is for this insult, smash and dash style of "protesting". Who is sympathetic to it?'
Lorenzo Rulli, who wore a purple shirt and shouted at the older couple, said the videos also didn't show a number of agitators who harassed demonstrators that day.
'We don’t target businesses,' he told Post-Gazette. '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 that people at the restaurant were cheering for demonstrators, and he only approached the older couple after they disparaged him.
Lorenzo Rullie (left and right): 'The reason I engaged the individual man and his wife is because ... her husband called me "an embarrassment" and "disgusting"'
'The reason I engaged the individual man and his wife is because ... her husband called me "an embarrassment" and "disgusting,"' he said.
GOP Sen Pat Toomey said in response to the videos that 'These are crimes,' but Rulli doesn't think the footage will cast anti-racism protests in a negative light.
'Honestly, the protesters could never be in a good light in this city until the people who have the power to convey the message properly are doing so,' said Rulli.
In Rochester a man attending a demonstration was struck by a car on Sunday.
Shared by Carolyn Delvecchio Hoffman, footage shows a group of demonstrators standing in an intersection during the city's third night of protest.
Protesters watch a vehicle turning right out of the intersection with a screech, but a few voices suddenly scream out in warning.
Seconds later, a red vehicle accelerates into the crowd and the driver unleashes a wave of yellow spray paint at protesters.
Meanwhile, the unidentified man was crouching down on the concrete and did not see the vehicle coming in time.
The man manages to jump in the air, but is still hit by the vehicle and thrown to the ground.
The group of witnesses then call for volunteer medics as the man remains on the ground.
Hoffman said: 'The driver was not arrested at the scene. Volunteer medics responded to the injured protesters.'
She added that over the course of the night she was shot with rubber bullets and pepper spray during confrontations with the Rochester Police Department.
A man attending a demonstration in Rochester, New York, was struck by a car on