Ninth night of Lexington protest interrupted by fight
On what was the ninth night of peaceful protests in downtown Lexington, a fight broke out between a couple of Uber passengers and protesters blocking an intersection.
Around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, protesters blocked the intersection of Maxwell and South Limestone Streets.
Police responded to calls of an assault near Tin Roof.
Police say a man got out of his Uber with his wife. Witnesses saw him point his finger and yelled at protesters. A protester approached the car. Seconds later, a fight broke out.
According to an interview our news content partners at the Herald Leader did with the Uber driver, Mohammed Amidu, the car had stopped at a red light as protesters started to move through the intersection. Amidu said the protesters were all being peaceful and never touched the car or bothered drivers as they passed.
When the light turned green, protesters were still blocking the intersection, and Amidu said when he did not continue driving, one of his passengers, Jason Ritter, 46, got out of the car to confront protesters. Amidu said that is when Ritter took a swing at a protester.
However, Ritter said protesters were taunting him through the window. He said, fearing for his and his wife's safety, he got out of the car to confront them and only threw a punch after he was hit.
One of the individuals involved in the fight was arrested earlier this week. Kaulbert Wilson, 19, was charged with assault, inciting a riot and other charges following Monday night's protest.
There was kicking and punches were thrown. More protesters joined in during the altercation.
Ritter left the scene with a bloodied face. He was assessed by medical professionals on the scene. Police say he suffered minor injuries.
So far no arrests have been made.
This story will be updated with the latest information.