A white protester in Washington DC singled out a Black police officer during a Black Lives Matter protest on Monday night and berated him, calling him the N-word at one point, according to a viral video.
The video was captured by US journalist Julio Rosas by conservative news site Townhall and has gained more than 2 million views since being posted.
A protester got pushed to the ground by D.C. Police after putting his hands on an officer, according to an eyewitness. The protester got in the officer’s face and ranted at him. pic.twitter.com/ycbrAue1w8— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) June 23, 2020
“Your child is gonna tell you you’re a piece of sh*t,” the white protester shouted at the Black police officer’s face. “Your mom is gonna tell you you’re a piece of sh*t. And if your mother doesn’t, I feel sorry for her. I feel sorry for your family. You’re a piece of sh*t.”
“You’re a piece of sh*t. You really are. You really are. You’re part of the f***ing problem. And I hope to f*** that your children treat you the way you deserve to be treated,” he added during the rant.
“Tell this b**** a** n***** to stop putting his hands on people,” the white protester could be heard saying.
Police officers requested that the man back up several times, and the video shows the man spit during his rant. At one point, an officer could be heard telling the white protester that he had a right to protest, but that they were fearful of coronavirus.
The line of officers near Lafayette Park were all wearing face shields. The protester did not wear a mask.
A day after police used pepper spray to disperse demonstrators who tried to topple a statue of a former president just outside the White House, US President Donald Trump also threatened stiff prison sentences against "anarchists" who damage national monuments.