Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Controversial Jacksonville Protester Arrested in Clash

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Controversial Jacksonville Protester Arrested in Clash

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Byline: Dan Scanlan

A Jacksonville man involved in a violent April anti-war protest in Hemming Park was one of three arrested Monday in a noisy demonstration in Bradenton, pitting those who want to tear down a Confederate monument and those who want the 93-year-old statue preserved.

Gary Snow, 40, was charged with fighting in a public place, a misdemeanor that had him released from the Manatee County jail Tuesday morning.

Identified on his arrest report as William Garrett Snow, his 6:30 p.m. arrest came as the Black Lives Matter Alliance Sarasota Manatee Chapter, Indivisible Bradenton Pro-gressive and Answer Suncoast rallied to demand the Confederate monument's removal outside the historic Manatee County Courthouse, according to the Bradenton Herald.

Local Trump supporters staged their own rally there in support of preserving the monument, carrying Confederate flags as they ended up in a confrontation with Black Lives Matter protesters before police broke it up.

In a video by Herald reporter Zack Witman, Snow is seen wearing an "America First" T-shirt while trying to burn a flag representing Antifa. That is a far-left militant political movement of self-described anti-fascist groups in the United States.

As some yell at Snow to "burn it," a black man grabs the flag and runs. Snow follows the man before grabbing him. Police rush in and walk Snow away as the video ends.

Reached Tuesday morning, Snow admitted things got heated.

"We didn't cause a riot. There was no riot out there. I stood up to a group of communist fascists. There was no battery or violence and I did not resist arrest," Snow said. "Things got heated between the two sides. ... He was an Antifa member and he was charged. We got to sit in the jail cell and I actually talked to the man. I had my point of view. He had his point of view. We worked it out. Sometimes your emotions get out of control."

Snow said he never touched anyone during the Bradenton demonstration. …

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