A bar owner decided to pull out his gun after someone criticised his customers for not wearing masks and practising social distancing. The incident took place in front of Infusion Lounge in Philadelphia, USA and was recorded on camera.
It started when a man on a bike shouted “Social distancing! No one is wearing a mask!” Then customers started yelling back at the cyclist, and a man identified as bar owner Jamie Atlig stood up to confront him, as reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The man got off his bike and shouted “MAGA privilege” (a reference to Trump’s Make America Great Again campaign). Atlig responded by saying “Trump 2020” and pulled out a gun, witnesses told the news outlet. One witness Liz Krieger said she saw the cyclist freeze at the sight, then grab his bike lock for self-defence.
One woman ran to Atlig to put his gun down, which he did seconds later. “He’s doing nothing. He’s doing f***ing nothing. He had a f****ing bike lock,” she’s heard in the video posted on Twitter.
This happened yesterday on 2nd ST in Old City Philly WHERE I WORK!! My friend Liz, the blonde in front of the man with the gun, was standing up for the young black man who only had A BIKE LOCK!!! We need answers!! @FOX29philly @6abc @NBCPhiladelphia pic.twitter.com/iRBUEHxO7W
— Dj Torney ♛ (@Dj__Torney) July 6, 2020
Eric McLaurin, spokesman of the Philadelphia Police, told the Inquirer that police are doing an investigation on the incident.
Krieger told the Inquirer she believes that Atlig pulled his gun out simply because the cyclist was Black and that he was right about customers not practicing safety measures at the bar.
“The Black man doesn’t need to be killed for this to be a story,” she said. “A man had a gun pulled on him for speaking the truth. We weren’t social distancing. He was completely in the right to be yelling at us — and if I hadn’t been there, this is how Black people are shot and it’s claimed later that he had a bike lock on him and people thought it was a gun. But let’s be clear: The bike lock was never pulled out [until after the gun was].”
However, Atlig told FOX29 that he pulled out his gun in an act of self-defence, and that he’s “the actual victim in this situation.”
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