Threats Made Against Planned George Floyd Protests Surface Online

Facebook comments like “lock and load” were posted about a now-canceled protest in Vandergrift

Lynne Hayes-Freeland & Robert Mangino
June 03, 2020 - 9:41 am

    PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Threats have surfaced on social media against two George Floyd protests planned for Thursday.

    Facebook comments like “lock and load” were posted about a now-canceled protest in Vandergrift.

          A woman in Vandergrift decided to cancel the protest she was trying to organize after receiving those threats.

          Cicily Bailey told KDKA Radio’s Lynne and Mangino that she posted on Facebook a peaceful march she wanted to start and had support from a lot of people.

          However, not all of the comments on the post or the group chat were positive.

        “A couple people on there that just started making threats and talking about bringing guns because they thought we were going to riot and no matter how many times we said that it was peaceful, they didn’t believe it,” said Bailey .

          Despite expressing that police officer would be present at the protest, the threats didn’t stop prompting Bailey to cancel.

    Comments about a Thursday afternoon demonstration planned for Downtown Pittsburgh reference shooting to kill and “100 dead one laying in the road.”

    Demonstrators peacefully walked from Market Square to the Allegheny County Jail for a sit in Tuesday afternoon.

    The protestors then made their way back to Market Square where the rally concluded.

    Andrew Limberg, Michaeal Garr and Jennifer Bloodworth contributed to this report. 

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