Black Lives Matter supporter: 'We stopped somebody from being killed'

Black Lives Matter supporter: 'We stopped somebody from being killed'

Black Lives Matter supporter: 'We stopped somebody from being killed'

A Black Lives Matter protester photographed carrying a white man - assumed to be a far-right counterprotester - to safety when demonstrations descended into violence in London Saturday said he chose to step up, rather than let the man be pummeled by the crowd, "to stop someone from being killed".

(AP) A man is lifted up by Patrick Hutchinson and taken to police lines after being beaten in clashes between protesters supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and opponents in central London, in the aftermath of the death of unarmed black man George Floyd in police custody in the US.

The man was not immediately identified, but witnesses told Reuters he was one of hundreds of right-wing counter-protesters who had disrupted George Floyd protests.

As Mr Hutchinson carried him through the packed street, some protesters continued to try and strike the injured man. "There were people trying to protect him but unsuccessfully".

The personal trainer and grandfather said he and his friends felt compelled to intervene when they saw a scuffle at the top of the stairs by Southbank Centre, near Waterloo. "It wasn't going to end well had we not intervened", Mr Hutchinson said.

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"I'm saving two lives right there". I'm preserving the guy that's just about to get squashed up and conquer up.

After the incident on June 13th, Hutchinson, who is reportedly a martial arts expert, wrote in an Instagram post: "We saved a life today".

Hutchinson said he was anxious that if a protester was killed during the rally, it would make the entire movement look bad.

Again, these are incredible images that expand everywhere ... from Rio De Janeiro and Barking, England to Milan, Italy ... where anyone held an indicator with the drawing of an alien that read, "I see humans but no humanity". "At the moment, the scales are unfairly balanced and I just want things to be fair for my children and my grandchildren".

"The globe I live in has been far better than my grandparents and my moms and dads and ideally we can keep on till we have complete equality for anyone", he added.

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