Man Arrested After Pulling a Gun at Richland BLM Protest
There's video of a confrontation at a Black Lives Matter rally on John Dam Plaza in Richland Friday afternoon showing a man pulling out a gun. He has been arrested by the Richland Police Department and booked into the Benton County Jail for violating entry 9.04.030 of the Richland Municipal Code - Intimidation.
No one was injured in the incident.
As hundreds gathered for a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest, the second such demonstration at this Richland location, a man was walking on the perimeter of the group, had a holstered gun on his hip, was carrying an American flag and was allegedly chanting, "All Lives Matter." This happened near the sidewalk that runs alongside George Washington Way.
According to the RPD, when a number of protesters approached the man and asked him to leave, he refused and then pulled out a gun. He did not raise the firearm, he kept the unholstered weapon at his side, according to video.
After reviewing footage captured on a cell phone, RPD arrested the man for suspicion of intimidation, and under the city of Richland's municipal code, that is a misdemeanor violation. He was booked into the Benton County Jail.
This is from the Richland Municipal Code Definitions page:
Unless a different meaning is clearly indicated, the following words shall have the following meanings for the purpose of this title:
A. Intent. A person acts with “intent,” or intentionally, when he acts with the objective or purpose of accomplishing a result which constitutes a crime. For the purpose of this title, it is presumed that a person intends the natural and probable consequences of his acts, though this presumption is rebuttable by other competent evidence.
Click this link for footage, near the tail end of the incident, after the gun comes out, obtained by yaktrinews.com.