A white woman called 911 on a group of peaceful, anti-violence marchers in North Charleston that consisted mostly of children, according to a 911 call and a Facebook video of the incident obtained by The Charleston City Paper.
According to the protest’s organizer, the “Stop the Violence” protesters were asked to wait outside of the Murphy Express convenience store after handing out anti-violence fliers at another location.
As the group waited for some of the thirsty children to purchase drinks inside the store, a woman pulled up next to them and threatened to call 911.
“I thought she was playing at first,” said Charleston-area community activist Jonathan Thrower, who also filmed the incident. “I didn’t really think that was gonna happen.”
The local paper published audio of the 911 call:
“They’re standing outside my store, they’re videoing us and everything, I need a police officer here now,” said the woman, who identified herself as Brenda to a Charleston County 911 dispatcher. “I mean, it’s like a riot out here.”
After being asked repeatedly by a dispatcher, the woman clarified that she was not in danger, though she claimed the demonstrators were “absolutely destroying the outside” area of the store.
The woman did not identify herself as an employee of the store at the time of the encounter, but commenters on Thrower’s post speculated that she may be a manager.
North Charleston Police responded to the 911 call, but by the time they arrived 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,” said Thrower, who helped lead the march on Sun. Oct. 14.
The City Paper notes:
North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess has made “Stop the Violence” marches a recurring part of his schedule, with the latest event taking place on Oct. 1 in honor of a 2006 domestic violence incident that took the life of a woman and her four children.