VIDEO: Paints Clearer Picture of confrontation during Tallahassee protests

Eyewitness: Counter-protester pulls gun on BLM protester
Posted at 7:49 PM, Aug 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 08:21:56-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (WTXL) — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement releasing new video Sunday -- painting a clearer picture of what happened during Saturday's otherwise peaceful protest at the Capitol.

Hundreds of people were rallying during a Black Lives Matter and anti-police brutality protest at the intersection of Apalachee Parkway and Monroe Street. Around 6:45pm, counter-protests began and a confrontation ensued. Video from the Capitol was made public capturing the chaotic scene.

The video depicts a man in a white shirt getting shoved to the ground. About five people circle the man and you can see a physical altercation, leading up to him taking out a handgun. The video shows him pointing the gun at several people, including officers on the scene. As police run toward him, the man gets on his knees and raises both hands after putting the weapon down. The man lays on the grass as police place him in handcuffs.

While there is no sound on the video, the person does not appear to be resisting arrest. The city says he has since been released from custody.

"Based on the totality of evidence, no assault charges have been applied to any individuals involved in the fight or the individual with the gun," the city says in a statement.

TPD confirmed the man was lawfully carrying a concealed weapon as a licensed holder.