Fort Collins, Colorado, residents made their stand Saturday as black-clad demonstrators beat a retreat after dueling marches collided.
The pushback began with a flag-bedecked “Back the Blue” rally.
Supporters of the police waved “Thin Blue Line” flags and held signs reading, “Defend the Police,” according to The Rocky Mountain Collegian.
“We have to defend the police and the role that they play in society for keeping law and order and keeping citizens safe,” pro-police demonstrator Sonya Beeson told the outlet.
The pro-police group, however, was confronted by counterprotesters, some of whom wore the masks and black attire associated with antifa radicals.
It’s not clear what started the fracas, but the supporters of the police ended it, as seen in a video of the confrontation posted on Twitter.
The video shows the pro-police residents of Fort Collins purposefully driving the counterprotesters away from the spot they had been holding.
WARNING: The following video contains vulgar language that some viewers may find offensive.
“We are currently marching the Antifa commie b—-s out of the neighborhood,” a speaker said in the video. “Because nobody wants Antifa in the neighborhood. Nobody wants them here. So we’re marching them out.”
As the demonstrators retreated, one of the neighbors called out, “Bye-bye, commie scum. Bye-bye. Go home.”
Some said the Fort Collins incident was a lesson for violent demonstrators across the country.
Three people were arrested, according to the Fort Collins police.
All three were charged with disorderly conduct. One individual faced an additional charge of possession of an illegal weapon. Another person was also charged with resisting arrest.
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