Rochester, NY – Black Lives Matter protesters followed through on their promise to shut down traffic today during rush hour and it caused some unexpected consequences.
The event shut down multiple checkpoints to I-490 for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, which is the same amount of time George Floyd was on the ground with a police officer’s knee on his neck.
During that time, a group of unmarked vehicles appeared, and masked men jumped out the door. While the demonstrators were afraid it could be federal agents there to kidnap them, but they were surprised to find these men were carrying power tools instead of ground control weapons.
“It was crazy. These dudes just appeared and in 3 minutes, there was a fully erected business right in the middle of 490” one protester reported to The Inner Loop Blog. Moments later, a Spirit Halloween banner was haphazardly hung from the front of the construction, and the open sign was turned on.
“Well this isn’t what we meant by wanting progress but I guess it’s something,” said one exasperated protester.