NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley for Black Lives "Rolling for Rights" Roll-Out was supposed to be a simple Friday afternoon ride through Nutley. Everything was supposed to end at town hall, the seat of local government, where "Black Lives Matter" was to have been chanted. Then the rumor started, and eventually Nutley was on the evening news, nationally.
Sometime on Thursday, a rumor started that Nutley for Black Lives had ill-intentions with regard to the Christopher Columbus bust on lawn of town hall.
Long before the BLM protestors even gathered on the south end of Franklin Ave., news crews were set up in town, and the Nutley Police Department set up barricades around the monument. By the time BLM group arrived at town hall, about 50 counter-protesters, who believed the rumor about Columus, were there waiting.
For about three hours the counter-protestors yelled and the BLM group held their ground and chanted.
TAPinto Nutley was on the ground Friday, as a part of our continuing coverage of the Black Lives Matter events in town and captured some interesting moments of the standoff.
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