Black Lives Matter Supporters, Open Carry Supporters Gather At Mesta Park

Sunday, September 20th 2020, 10:44 pm
By: Tevis Hillis


Supporters gathered Sunday at Mesta Park near Shartel and Lee for a rally in support of an open carry rally while others gathered in support of Black Lives Matter. 

Tensions rose as those with opposing opinions met.

“I can’t speak for everyone, but I assume we all came on our own or our own beliefs on why we are out here,” resident Emily Acosta, who lives near Mesta Park, said. 

“I actually got a message on Facebook warning me about open carry,” Heather Newby, who also lives nearby, said.

After learning about the event, residents with opposing views rallied, chalked sidewalks with political messages and parked their cars around the park in hopes of stopping the rally.

“I think we are being targeted because this is a very liberal neighborhood,” Newby said.

One woman said things came to a head when a man armed with a bucket of water started to wash away their chalk messages. 

Activists from both sides continued to hold their ground even as officers arrived to keep the peace.