Paris protesters calling for arrest in fight involving black teen, white man
PARIS, Tex. (KXII) - Protesters said at least five vehicles drove into the crowds at a protest in Paris Sunday that sparked after video of a fight between a white man and a black teen circulated on social media.
“In Paris, Texas, whoever’s making the decisions this is a great opportunity to show the world that we’re not still stuck on the systemic racism that we’ve been dealing with for years,” Westley Martin said.
Dozens of protesters like Martin gathered in Paris Sunday after seeing video of a fight on social media involving a white man and a black teen.
Police said two black males were walking by a gas station, and words were exchanged between one of them and a white man inside his truck.
“There were racial slurs that were used the most obvious one being the N word,” activist Taisley Scroggin said.
That’s when officers said the white man got out of his truck to confront them.
A fist fight broke out, and the white male was knocked out.
Officers said the teen picked up a silver pocketknife from the ground, and that is when a passerby got a handgun from his truck, and ordered both black males on the ground.
Police said the man held them at gunpoint until a crowd started to gather, and then left.
That is when officers say the boys got off the ground, and noticed another man holding an AR-15.
“It’s crazy that these young men have to deal with that, that’s something they’re going to have to deal with for the rest of the lives mentally, and that the people who did this are still out comfortable,” Martin said.
On Sunday crowds met near the gas station on Main Street where it happened.
Protesters demanded answers for the fight, which they claim was provoked by the white man, and wanted to know why no one had been charged yet.
“I would say 90 percent of the people who came up on us did turn around and went another direction so the individuals who were in the vehicles that drove into our crowd did that purposely, did that knowing so,” Scroggin said.
The protesters said about five cars drove into the crowd.
They said two people were scraped up, but no one was seriously injured.
Paris police said the county attorney will decide whether to press charges involving the fight Saturday.
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