A driver has been arrested after he was allegedly caught on camera threatening Black Lives Matter protesters with a gun and saying – all lives matter.
Walter Peter Matulis Jr., 64, was driving past the South Carolina State House in Columbia on Friday when he confronted protestors holding signs at the Main St. stoplight.
‘Black Lives Matter Protesters’ say although the light was green, Matulis stopped his silver Kia Rio, stuck his middle finger out, yelled all lives matter, and then brandished a gun before driving off.
Matulis has since been charged by police with pointing a firearm.
Friday marked the fifth anniversary of the State House removing the confederate flag from its grounds. The protesters Matulis had confronted were at the courthouse rallying against another group there to memorialize the Confederacy.
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Video shows Matulis in a yellow shirt exchanging a few words with protesters while stopped at a green light, followed moments afterward by the muzzle of a gun peaking through the driver’s window as he inched his silver sedan forward.
Immediately, a protester yells He’s got a gun as the group of sign-carrying protesters backs away from the car.
The car speeds away after a protester is heard off-camera calling for officers.
Protester Kamison Burgess, who shot video of the incident, told The State the driver had pulled up sticking his middle finger out before saying all lives matter.
He drove up a little more, the light was still green, and he started fidgeting around inside his car, and he pointed a gun out at us, Burgess said.
South Carolina law rules pointing a firearm as a felony. If convicted, Matulis faces up to five years in prison.