A woman called the police on an anti-violence march — mostly children — in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Oct. 14.
Activist Jonathan Thrower, who also goes by the name Shakem Akhet, Shakem Akhet, posted a Facebook video of the woman calling the cops on the young “Stop the Violence” protesters.
Thrower told the Charleston City Paper that the kids stopped by gas stations to hand out information about conflict resolution:
We went and got a lot of elementary and middle school students because this was a youth march. When we got to the end of [Otranto] Road, some of the children said, “We’re thirsty” and “Can we stop to get something to drink?”
A store employee told the demonstrators to remain on the sidewalk, which they did, but then a woman, pulled up next to them and called 911:
They’re standing outside my store, they’re videoing us and everything, I need a police officer here now. I mean, it’s like a riot out here.
The woman falsely claimed the demonstrators were “absolutely destroying the outside” area of the store.
Thrower said the North Charleston Police responded to the call, but the crowd had dispersed and no report was taken:
The North Charleston Police Department — I applaud them, because the guy was like, “You know, they’re just coming in to purchase something, I’m sure they‘re not causing any trouble.”