Man armed with bow and arrow filmed aiming at George Floyd protesters

Brooke Rolfe
News Reporter

A man has been filmed aiming a loaded bow at protesters rioting over the death of black man George Floyd in the US state of Utah.

The individual, identified as Brandon McCormick, stepped out of his car about 6pm (local time) on Saturday and drew his weapon, aiming it at a huge crowd of people and threatening to fire it, US news outlet KSL-TV reported.

“You call yourself an American?” one woman yelled over at him, prompting him to respond: “Yeah I’m from America, all lives matter.”

A man armed with a bow and arrow claimed he was trying to explain to protesters that "all lives matter". Source: @Gingersonfire/Storyful

He then turned and aimed the weapon and the woman screamed, “Don’t you dare”, and pointed the crowd in the direction of his car, which they later destroyed.

A witness told the TV news station members of the crowd attacked the man before police arrived and removed him from the scene.

Salt Lake City police tweeted about the incident, saying they did not have the individual in custody, but intended to “screen charges against him”.

The man was interviewed by a Fox News reporter after the confrontation and claimed he was “trying to convince them that all lives matter” before he was set upon.

He told the reporter two black African-Americans attacked him and caused a bloody wound to his head after he yelled out “all lives matter” from his car.

“They beat me through my open window when I yelled out that all lives matter,” Mr McCormick said.

Footage showed a large group of people attacking the man at his car, with multiple people delivering repeated blows to his head.

When police removed him, the crowd then tipped his car on its side and set it alight.

He told a reporter his car was torched and completely totalled after the confrontation. Source: Fox 13

“Well, I seen it on fire, so it's totalled. And everything I had in it,” he told the reporter.

The protests – which began in Minneapolis following Monday's death of Mr Floyd during an arrest – have continued to rage in at least 12 cities across the United States.

Some cities have introduced curfews banning public gatherings past 8pm and before 6am, but there seems to be no sign of the widespread anger settling any time soon.

Journalists are among those who have been injured and arrested during the protests, with a WAVE 3 News reporter being shot with pepper bullets live on air while covering riots in Louisville, Kentucky.

A CNN reporter was arrested live on air, along with his team, after they allegedly failed to move when asked by police as they covered protests in Minneapolis.

A freelance journalist also in Minneapolis says she has been blinded for life in one of her eyes after being hit with a rubber bullet fired by an officer.

In New York, terrifying footage showed a New York Police vehicle ramming into a row of protesters on Saturday morning (local time).

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