Man charged after aiming gun at protesters on Bay Street

ByBradley Mullis|October 3, 2020 at 6:58 PM EDT - Updated October 4 at 4:30 PM

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) -Savannah Police say one man is facing charges after throwing an unknown object and pointing a gun at a group of protestors Saturday afternoon.

34-year-old Fredrick James of Decatur is facing charges of aggravated assault and reckless conduct.

Man faces charges after pointing gun at protesters

Protest organizer Kate Bender spoke with WTOC on Sunday afternoon. She says that she and a fellow organizer led a march from Forsyth Park in protest of Breonna Taylor’s death. The group organized outside of City Hall and continued to protest before ending the march. Another group of 15 people then laid down in the westbound lanes of Bay Street with the intention of remaining there for eight minutes and 42 seconds. This length of time was to represent how long former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on George Floyd’s neck.

Police say James threw something at the group. Protesters can be seen attacking the truck, prompting him to exit holding what looks like a gun. Protesters quickly dispersed before James got in his truck and drove away.

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