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Police: Man charged with brandishing gun at protesters

Police: Man charged with brandishing gun at protesters

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A man seen brandishing a gun at Black Lives Matter protesters in Alabama was arrested and accused of being drunk, authorities said.

Scott Christopher Davis, 51, was charged Sunday with public intoxication and possession of a firearm, news outlets reported.

Huntsville police were called to the protest near Courthouse Square Sunday evening on reports of a man harassing protesters.

Teddy Young with 'Black Lives Matter Huntsville Division’ told WAFF-TV that a man approached a woman and her wife and called “them all kind of names” before threatening the woman, stating “he would smoke her if she looked at him.”

Young said the man was "very inebriated” and bumped into him when Young tried to diffuse the situation. Protesters yelled that the man was reaching for a weapon, Young said.

Young credited the police on how they handled the situation. He said officers gave the protesters tips on how to "pursue some ramifications on the gentleman.”

It's unclear whether Davis had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

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