Fort Worth PD Comments After Claims Officers Gave ‘Escort’ To Pro-Trump Caravan Near Polling Station In Predominantly Minority Area
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Fort Worth police tried to clear up an incident near a polling station on Oct. 30 after video postings on social media claimed officials escorted a pro-Trump caravan attempting to overwhelm voters in one intimidating the black part of town.
A video posted on Twitter with more than 3 million views shows several people driving on Richardson Street in the Stop Six area with large Trump flags and signs on their vehicles.
The FWPD and Tarrant County Sheriff’s had patrol cars around at least one of the vehicles – and police grains boomed – when a crowd went out onto the street blocking the path of a man driving a pickup truck.
The crowd on foot loudly complained that Trump supporters were “disrespectful,” shouted profanity and refused to let the driver continue, who yelled back and flicked his middle finger at the crowd. The crowd started chanting “turn around” and after a short while the driver did too.
Members of the pro-Trump group said they were exercising their right to peaceful assembly. Area residents and those attempting to cast ballots said their actions were a form of intimidation among voters.
On November 2, the Monday following the incident, Fort Worth Police released a statement stating:
On October 30, 2020, Fort Worth police officers were asked to be present near various polling stations as there were complaints of possible voter intimidation. A caravan of vehicles approached a polling station near Miller Street and was surrounded by a large walking crowd. To de-escalate the situation, officers entered the crowd so the encircled vehicles could leave the area without further argument. At no point did Fort Worth police officers escort vehicles into any area to allow any form of voter intimidation. Our goal is to protect everyone from fear and intimidation while exercising their First Amendment rights. “