A supporter of President Donald Trump disrupted a “Families Belong Together” rally in Huntsville, Alabama on Saturday by pulling a gun that he brought to the peaceful demonstration against Trump’s immigration policies.
It was reported on Twitter:
“Another right-winger demonstrating
#civility and responsible gun ownership. Counter-protester Shane Ryan Sealy pulls gun at #FamiliesBelongTogetherMarch in Huntsville, Alabama; charged with menacing and reckless endangerment #FamiliesBelongTogether”
Another right-winger demonstrating #civility and responsible gun ownership.
— Julie Laumann #FBPE 🌎 (@Otpor17) July 1, 2018
According to other witnesses, Shane Ryan Sealy, 34, is a former Huntsville teacher who showed up to the rally as a counter-protester, exchanged words with another protester and then pulled out a gun. Sealy was arrested before firing any shots.
Ava Caldwell, the rally’s organizer, said, “He pulled out a gun. I saw him holding it out in front of him. We just started screaming for everybody to drop to the ground. We all dropped to the ground crying.”
One person at the rally wrote on Facebook:
“So, a lunatic counter protester pulled a gun at the rally today. Police were right on it. The man was arrested. Shane Ryan Sealy, 34, was charged with menacing and reckless endangerment. Apparently it is against the law to have a gun within 1,000 feet of a rally or protest in Alabama.”
Huntsville police said the incident started at around noon when Sealy got into an altercation. He is accused of picking a fight with a protester and pushing the protester who pushed Sealy back, knocking him down. That’s when Sealy pulled out his gun.
A man with the name of Shane Ryan Sealy from Huntsville, Alabama, has a Facebook profile which is full of extremist conservative propaganda.
Huntsville City Schools confirmed to WHNT News of Huntsville that Sealy formerly taught at Grissom High School, and according to the Alabama State Department of Education, Sealy is a certified high school English teacher.
“Families Belong Together” events were held in hundreds of cities across the country on Saturday to rally against the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant families in the U.S. Although hundreds of thousands of people participated in the rallies, there were no other known reports of violence or weapons being drawn.
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