A counter-protester allegedly pepper-sprayed protesters across the street from a drag show in Fort Worth, Texas, leading to three arrests, the city’s police department revealed Monday.
Black-clad counter-protesters in tactical gear, many armed with guns, stood outside Fort Brewery and Pizza as the restaurant hosted a drag show Sunday, with protesters for the nonprofit organization Protect Texas Kids demonstrating across the street, according to the Fort Worth Police Department (FWPD). Counter-protester Samuel Folkes, 20, allegedly went over to the protesters and pepper-sprayed them, subsequently swinging at police when they tried to arrest him.
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— Fort Worth Police (@fortworthpd) April 24, 2023
Counter-protester Christopher Guillott, 33, is accused of attacking officers with an umbrella and hitting one in the face as they attempted to handcuff Folkes, with both men continuing to resist arrest. Counter-protester Meghan Grant, 37, allegedly tried to charge past the officers to reach Folkes and Grant and subsequently failed to comply with an officer before ultimately being arrested herself, the department reported.
Folkes was arrested on suspicion of crimes including assault causing bodily injury, while he and Guillott both face a 2nd-degree felony charge for allegedly assaulting a peace officer. Police arrested Grant on suspicion of interfering with public duties and resisting arrest. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: CIA Employee Told Police Alleged Assailant ‘Admitted’ To Sexual Assault, But Agency Ignored)
Protect Texas Kids called the arrested individuals “violent Antifa criminals” in a Monday statement.
“The same Antifa radicals have been at all of our ‘kid-friendly’ drag show protests for the past year attempting to instigate and cause problems,” the organization said. “Every other police department has refused to hold these criminals accountable for breaking the law.”
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