- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Black Lives Matter protesters shouted down former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell during a kid-friendly event Monday, saying “no politician will be safe” until justice is served in the fatal police-involved shooting of an armed black man.

Mr. Rendell was speaking at a celebration of Philadelphia’s Franklin Square’s 11th birthday when Black Lives Matter demonstrators crashed the event to protest the police-involved killing of 30-year-old David Jones, an armed black man who was shot in the back while trying to flee police.

A local news station captured the intense moment when a man shouting through a bullhorn stood just feet from Mr. Rendell as the governor stood at the podium in silence.

“Go home! Go home! Go home!” the demonstrators chanted.

A second video of the protest, streamed live by Facebook user Bob Stewart, showed a white woman approaching the man with the bullhorn, who shouted through the bullhorn, “Back up off of me,” The Daily Caller reported.

“Because a black man was shot, I know you don’t give a damn about that in your white privilege,” the protester yelled. “We’re here to shut this down. You understand?”

In the video, dozens of children can be seen looking on as the protesters ranted for more than 12 minutes. The kids were eventually moved inside to a different location, ABC 6 reported.

The man with the bullhorn, identified as Black Lives Matter activist Asa Khalif, told the station: “We’re saying now that no politician will be safe, no event, no press conference, we don’t care what we have to do. We’re saying as far as that’s concerned, we want justice for David Jones immediately.”

Mr. Rendell said the activists had every right to protest at the event.

“They have the right to say what they want to say. I wouldn’t have disrupted a ceremony that was basically for children, but that’s their call,” he said. “But look, if they want to disrupt ceremonies as long as they’re in public places, they have the right to do that.”

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