A crowd largely made up of bikers and veterans who were counter protesting a planned flag burning in New York City drowned out a woman who accused police of racial profiling with a "USA, USA" chant.
The incident took place Wednesday evening as dozens opposed to the burning of the American flag flocked to Brooklyn's Fort Greene park to counter-protest anti-police activists who had planned to set the stars and stripes ablaze.
When an unidentified woman criticized the NYPD, a veteran who identified himself as "Joe" told her to "take it out on the government, not the flag." The man then led the crowd in a prolonged "USA, USA" chant, drowning out her criticism of police.
After the chant subsided, the topic of conversation shifted to the recent burning of black churches. U.S. Army veteran Mark Brummitt attempted to have a discussion with her.
"I got a lot of understanding about what you're going through. I've always been worried about the security of our churches," he said. "When you're talking about the race, when you're talking about division — it doesn't have to be like this. We don't have to be head to head."
"It doesn't, but it is," the woman shot back. "No one wants to address it."
"We're addressing it right now," Brummitt responded. "What am I doing? Look at me. Look at me. Don't I look like I'm addressing you?"
[sharequote align="center"]"That's where we come together. That's where we start to move in the right direction."[/sharequote]
"Not everybody doesn't want to address. Please understand that," he said. "That's our starter point. That's where we come together. That's where we start to move in the right direction."
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