EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A 75-year-old Michigan woman stood in the middle of the street brandishing a bat, bringing a tense moment to an otherwise peaceful demonstration Wednesday in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The demonstration started in downtown Grand Rapids before meandering through East Grand Rapids, where Karla Anderson stood ready with a baseball bat in case things went awry, WOOD-TV reported.
One protester tried to take away her bat. Another tried to put his arms around her and safely moved her to the sidewalk. As the demonstration moved along, another protester got into a verbal confrontation with Anderson. The protester left after he was told he was on private property.
“This (march) is not about Black Lives Matter,” Anderson told WOOD. “This is about racial division, OK? This is about keeping things stirred up.”
East Grand Rapids Mayor Katie Favale repudiated Anderson's behavior.
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