Protesters clash with customers at Uptown Dallas restaurant
DALLAS - Protesters marched in Uptown and Downtown Dallas Wednesday night, stopping traffic and blocking intersections over the Breonna Taylor case.
But several protesters took their frustrations out on a group of people who were eating outside at Moxie’s in Uptown.
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Micah Embry recorded the tense scene at the restaurant.
“I’m Dallas born and raised, 35 years here. This is not our city,” he said.
Initially, protesters took over the McKinney and Maple Avenue intersection.
One marched to Moxie’s, and demanded patrons say Breonna Taylor’s name, and he believed one customer laughed.
At first, the conversations were somewhat calm, but several protesters walked onto the patio, and appeared to warn the customers what could happen if the entire group decided to take over the patio.
“You’ll actually hear me say, ‘I’m with you,’ and the girl just continues to repeat, ‘I don’t care. I don’t care. I don’t care,’ Embry explained.
A customer began shouting back at the protesters, and then a protester threw a customer’s plate to the ground.
“Breaking a plate is probably a problem, but it’s nothing that a criminal charge will probably be filed about, and so really, in this situation, what needs to happen is everybody needs to find a way to sit down and have a healthy dialogue more so than having criminal charges,” civil rights attorney David Henderson said.
FOX 4 took the video to Henderson for his review, and he neither condoned nor condemned anyone's actions.
“What you’re seeing in the video is characteristic of what you’re seeing in society right now and that is whenever people feel like they’re not being heard, they’re going to become upset,” he explained.
“We’re having a light-hearted conversation, having dinner, watching the Stars play in the playoffs and we get approached by these individuals with an agenda,” Embry said.
Dallas police described Wednesday night’s protests as peaceful, but also said it was not contacted about the scene at Moxie’s.
One protester Wednesday seemed to echo what Henderson said about them getting upset when they feel like they’re not being heard.
"As we march tonight, if y'all want to get reckless, if y'all want to get loud, I'm with it. I'm sorry. I'm tired of no justice, no peace with no justice behind it," they said.
Moxie’s chose not to comment about the incident.