Following the guilty verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Tuesday, Black Lives Matter-affiliated protesters took to the streets of New York City.
At one point, the mob stopped outside a family-owned restaurant in Brooklyn and harassed a group of diners on an outdoor patio, demanding they “get the f*** out” of the city, the New York Post reported.
Video footage of the confrontational mob went viral on social media.
Mob harasses diners
The video, shared by independent journalist Andy Ngo, showed a man standing atop a table next to the outdoor dining area while leading the mob in the explicit call-and-response-style of chant.
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) April 21, 2021
“Stay the f*** out of New York,” he yelled, followed in suit by the crowd. “We don’t want you here … We don’t want your f***ing money … We don’t want your f***ing taquerias … Owned by f***ing white men.”
The chant leader actually seemed to lose the support of some of his comrades in decrying taquerias, that is, until he added the caveat regarding the racial identity of the restaurant’s owner.
After having just asserted that “We don’t want your f***ing money,” a woman within the mob shouted “Tip 30%,” which was then repeated by the chant leader and the rest of the mob amid cheers and laughter and more shouting.
NYC Shut It Down
The Post noted that the restaurant that was targeted is known as the Maya Taqueria in Prospect Heights, owned by a man named Daniel Nasser.
Nasser has operated that dining establishment for 11 years with his family and has become a “neighborhood staple” over that time, employing staff from the area and helping to support their families.
As for the angry mob harassing innocent diners, Newsweek reported that it is a BLM-affiliated leftist anti-cop group known as NYC Shut It Down, which began its march through the city at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Other videos of the group showed that, in addition to stopping to “castigate the outdoor diners” at the Maya Taqueria, the mob also marched across the Manhattan Bridge and, at another point, harassed a group of NYPD officers while demanding those officers “quit your job.”