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Physical Confrontation During NC Protest

A weekend of disturbing incidents involving hate type behaviors in western Nevada County. Sunday evening saw a Black Lives Matter protest in Nevada City violently interrupted by what appears to be a Back The Blue type organization. The BLM group planned a march against social injustice through Nevada City that ran into the group opposing them near the Nevada Theater on Broad Street. The interaction quickly escalating from shouting at each other to physical confrontation.

Crowd Sounds

Law enforcement officers from Nevada City and Grass Valley police departments intervened, attempting to keep the groups separate. The flag bearing group first stopped the BLM protesters from going forward, then literally pushed them from behind as they made there way down Broad Street. Several times flare-ups led to punches being thrown and the US Flag was used to push a groups forward. City Council member Daniella Fernandez was caught up in the activity.

Listen to Daniella Fernandez

This is the first reports of physical confrontation between the groups that had been seen on opposite corners at past demonstrations in the area.


August 10, 2020


NCPD stood by and watched these men assault peaceful marchers. Our community needs to hold NCPD accountable here. This is unacceptable!

August 10, 2020

Carolyn Nowell

From your article: This is the first reports of physical confrontation between the groups that had been seen on opposite corners at past demonstrations in the area.
Do you understand that one of those "peaceful protesters" fired a modified air rifle at the Back the Blue Rally last week? You need to do your homework.... And BTW good thing you took out "Red Necks" from your first post, but you left in "hate type behaviors".

August 10, 2020

Mary Trum

A certain UNNAMED COP there , at the event, said without a doubt that it was the "peaceful" BLM protesters that were instigating and starting fights, the opposing side was responding.

August 10, 2020



August 10, 2020


One side is protesting against racism the other is protesting against protesting against racism. Which side do you want to be on? For racism or against racism. All these comments so far are for racism which is why I personally will be at the next protest protecting the women and children from these local toughs since the police won’t.

August 11, 2020


I think it needs to be acknowledged that both sides were in the wrong. It ceased to be be a peaceful protest when BLM group decided to march in parade fashion down the middle of the street. They had previously sent out a flyer announcing march asking that it be shared discreetly and not made public. Had they followed proper procedure and permit process, streets would have been blocked and more than likely a stronger police presence or security. Absent those permissions,they should receive citations for disturbing peace and blocking public access.

The counter protesters, although some may be affiliated, were not there as part of "Back the Blue." That needs to be acknowledged and they as individuals should be held accountable. I am expecting criminal assult charges to come to some.

It has already been acknowledged that there were only 3 officers on duty. You cannot expect mob control with limited resources.

Most important, I think an apology is owed to business owners and their customers that had planned a nice evening of outside dining while enjoying listening to local musicians only to be interupted by chaos. Our businesses have struggled enough and this is not acceptable.

August 11, 2020


This is from Back The Blue
Concerning the events that took place in Nevada City yesterday: The counter protest was NOT an organized or promoted Back the Blue Nevada County Event. What unfolded was the reaction of local patriots to a string of recent events of violence and vandalism in our community from proclaimed BLM/Defund protestors. I believe the local vandalism and events in the last few weeks, including the BB GUN DRIVE-BY SHOOTING incident at Saturday's Back the Blue Nevada County rally, have really fanned some flames. Yes, there were members of this group in the group of pissed-off patriots who live here and are tired of the trash and disrespect both for our community and our Great Nation. We as a group DO NOT condone violence. We as a group have endured continuous HATE and violence over the past two months, simply for standing up for the people who protect our communities. We have been spit on, had objects thrown at us, people have pushed and shoved, threatened, called us every name imaginable, and now we have been shot at. We as a group also believe in our rights to stand up and protect our communities, this nation, the flag, and EVERYTHING it represents.

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