Man arrested for using pistol to intimidate Richland protesters, police say

RICHLAND, Wash. — Police arrested man after video showed him pulling out a pistol during a Black Lives Matter protest in Richland Friday afternoon. No one was injured during the incident.

Hundreds of people showed up to attend a peaceful protest outside the Richland Police Department on George Washington Way to denounce systemic racism following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. This was the second BLM protest outside the police station in the past week.

In the early afternoon, witnesses told KAPP-KVEW a man was walking on the sidewalk next to protesters with a pistol holstered on his hip and an American flag in his hand, chanting “all lives matter.”

Police said a group of protesters reportedly asked him to leave, but he refused and instead pulled out a pistol. KAPP-KVEW obtained a video that shows part of the altercation.

The man was identified as 32-year-old Brandon Bourne.

After reviewing video evidence from witnesses, police arrested Bourne on suspicion of displaying a weapon with the intent to intimidate. He will be booked at the Benton County Jail.