Small shoving matches broke out as hundreds on a 'March for Justice' demo walked past a 'Back the Blue' rally at Bloomington's Civic Center on July 25. Some pushed, some swore, some threatened, and others watched small groups of people on both sides speak to and hug each other.
The following video features some moments from the humid Saturday afternoon where a heavy downpour lifted moments before the two sides met.
Beyond a few shoving matches, no one was reported to be injured and no arrests were made.
The Back the Blue participants who spoke with Unicorn Riot expressed a wide range of viewpoints. One participant asserted that he was “scared” for the safety of his brother, who is a cop. He said that Barack Obama himself had revived racism, that “racism was dead” before Obama became president, and that Obama was responsible for the “war on cops.”
Another group of participants claimed strongly to believe that Derek Chauvin and the other ex-police officers that took part in the murder of George Floyd were paid actors.