Man faces charges after pointing gun at protesters in downtown Savannah

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The Savannah Police Department arrested a man who was caught on camera pointing a gun at protesters in downtown Savannah on Saturday.

A cell phone video circulating social media shows the incident.

According to SPD, a few dozen people were lying down in the road on Bay Street, blocking traffic, around 5:30 p.m. Officers say a man drove by and threw a smoke grenade at the protesters. Then, some of them got up and started hitting his truck.

Police say that’s when 34-year-old Frederick James got out with a gun in his hand and pointed it at the demonstrators.

James is charged with Aggravated Assault and Reckless Conduct.

District 4 Alderman Nick Palumbo tells News 3 that the City of Savannah is working with SCAD to identify protest organizers. Palumbo says there was not a police presence during the demonstration because the city did not know the event was happened.

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