A group of Black Lives Matter protesters were filmed in a tense confrontation with a Louisville storeowner after they demanded he say if he supports the movement during a third night of Breonna Taylor demonstrations in the city.
of the incident, shared on Twitter by a reporter for conservative news site Daily Caller, shows a small crowd of BLM activists grilling business owner Fadi Faouri, as he stands outside his store holding a rifle.
#BLM protesters approach small business owner Fadi Faouri and demand he say "Black Lives Matter" he refused. A building that Faouri was leasing was firebombed last night in #Louisville pic.twitter.com/mhC5sVo8lF— Jorge Ventura Media (@VenturaReport) September 26, 2020
During the encounter, the group is seen ganging up on Faouri for several minutes as they challenge his views on the BLM movement and the police shooting of Breonna Taylor after he refuses to say he supports the cause.
The exchange kicks off after a man asks Faouri, 'do black lives matter?' to which he replies: 'If you're a good person I will care about you, if you're a bad person....' before shrugging.
The man then asks him if 'Breonna Taylor matters'. Faouri hesitates for a few seconds before responding: 'Does it matter? I don't know.'
A group of Black Lives Matter protesters were filmed confronting Louisville store owner Fadi Faouri (far right) as he defended his business amid another night of unrest on Friday
Faouri was grilled over his views on the BLM movement and the injustice surrounding the shooting of Breonna Taylor
The confrontation turned tense after Faouri repeatedly skirted the question and refused to say directly if he did or did not support Black Lives Matter
The conversation starts to get tense after a woman comes into frame questioning his response and more members of the crowd start urging Faouri to explain what he means.
'Are you trying to intimidate me? I'm not playing that game,' Faouri says, as he explains that he is trying to protect his business.
An argument then ensues as the group starts to close in on the store owner and continue to demand he say whether or not he believes in their cause.
Faouri turns his attention to the initial male protester telling him he will not be forced to say anything he doesn't believe. 'Nobody can intimidate me,' he says.
The two parties continue to argue for several seconds but Faouri remains defiant in his refusal to engage in their debate and the protesters eventually disperse, with the exception of one woman claiming to be a documentary filmmaker.
The woman approaches Faouri and criticizes him for his stance, or lackthereof, as she lectures him over the injustice surrounding Breonna Taylor's death.
'That's not my f**king business!' Faouri replies.
At one point, a woman claiming to be a documentary filmmaker approaches Faouri and criticizes him for his stance, or lackthereof, as she lectures him over the injustice surrounding Breonna Taylor's death
Faouri retorted by saying Breonna Taylor's shooting was 'not my business', further escalating the argument
'It should be your business because all lives matter right?' the woman says, as she starts to debate Faouri on racial disparities. 'You can say that, but it's the color black that is the issue,' she adds.
'You have an issue with that, I don't have an issue,' Faouri says in response. 'I don't care, white or black bulls***t, I see you as a human being, that's all that I care about.'
The debate finally comes to an end after a fellow protester urges the woman to leave the area.
According to the Daily Caller journalist, a building Faouri had been leasing was reportedly destroyed after it was 'firebombed' during Friday night's protests, although it is unclear if it was the same business.
LOS ANGELES: Footage was captured showing an LAPD deputy using his riot shield to slam a Black Lives Matter protester into the ground on Friday night
LOS ANGELES: Around 100 people were seen marching in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles on Friday evening
Protests continue to rock the city and other areas of across the country after a grand jury refused to charge Louisville police officers with Breonna Taylor's murder.
Violent clashes have broken out between police officers and demonstrators over the last week, as some activists have taken to the streets to target businesses and cause chaos.
On Friday, footage emerged of a police officer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's office using his riot shield to slam a BLM protester who was already lying on the ground. The footage showed the deputy forcefully using their riot shield to subdue a protester.
The incident took place in West Hollywood area of the city which saw more than 100 protesters gathered on Friday evening as they marched along Santa Monica Boulevard.
Meanwhile, across the other side of the country, hundreds of Black Lives Matter staged a 'sit-in' on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.
Hundreds of angry demonstrators marched through from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to the Brooklyn Bridge where they sat and refused to move for more than hour.
And in Oakland, California, police said more than 250 protesters became 'immediately violent' and threw bottles and cans at officers in the downtown area.
NEW YORK: Hundreds of angry demonstrators marched through from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to the Brooklyn Bridge where they sat and refused to move for more than hour
NEW YORK: A woman holds a portrait of Breonna Taylor during the march for Breonna Taylor
NEW YORK: Hundreds of Black Lives Matter staged a 'sit-in' on the Brooklyn Bridge on Friday night
NEW YORK: Protesters exit the Brooklyn Bridge during the march for Breonna Taylor in New York City
NEW YORK: People participate during the march for Breonna Taylor in New York City on the Brooklyn Bridge
Cops deployed smoke to counter the demonstrators, and a downtown Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station was closed.
Friday's rally was held in solidarity with protests taking place in Louisville, where large demonstrations are planned for the weekend.
Several other demonstrations took place around the rest of the country including Boston and San Diego to protest a grand jury's decision not to charge the Louisville, Kentucky, police officers in the death of Breonna Taylor.
OAKLAND: Cops deployed smoke to counter the demonstrators, and a downtown Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station was closed
OAKLAND: Police said more than 250 protesters became 'immediately violent' and threw bottles and cans
NEW YORK: People are pictured protesting on the Brooklyn Bridge during the march for Breonna Taylor on Friday night
NEW YORK: A sign is seen on the Brooklyn Bridge during the march for Breonna Taylor along the Brooklyn Bridge
NEW YORK: Police wait at one end of the bridge as protesters attempt to leave the massive structure after the demonstration
NEW YORK: The march started off at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and slowly moved towards the