A video posted online on Monday, January 21 shows a white man in South Florida pulling a gun on a group of black teenagers and repeatedly calling them the N-word during a protest against gun violence on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The man has been identified as 51-year-old Mark Allen Bartlett. He was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed firearm, according to 7News.
Police have arrested Bartlett after a viral video appeared to show him and woman in a heated confrontation with bicyclists taking part in the annual “Wheels Up, Guns Down” protest.
The incident happened Monday afternoon in Miami’s Brickell district, according to the Florida civil rights group Dream Defenders, which posted the footage on its Twitter account.
In the video, a woman is seen upset at the group of bicyclists blocking the roadway.
“Please move your bikes,” the woman is heard repeatedly telling the group. “I have kids I need to pick up!”
A separate video showed the woman accusing one of the teenagers of running over her foot. “You just ran over my foot with your tire!”
The riders were protesting being displaced from the Liberty Square area.
Things then escalated when Bartlett ran up to the group with a pistol in his hand.
“Who did it?! Who did it?!” he asked before confronting one of the teens.
“Get the f**k out of here, you f***ing losers. You f***ing stupid n*****s. You’re all f***ing dumb-ass f***ing n*****s.”
As Bartlett walked away, he’s heard calling them the N-word three times.
According to Dream Defenders, one of the kids involved was 11 years old and added: “These kids are about to lose their housing.”
The city of Miami Police has confirmed with 7News that Bartlett was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and being held on a $5,000 bond. He has bonded out of jail on Tuesday, January 22.
Who Is Mark Allen Bartlett?
Mark Allen Bartlett, 51, has been identified as the man in South Florida pulling a gun on a group of black kids and repeatedly calling them the N-word during an anti-gun violence protest.
Bartlett was being held Monday night on a $5,000 bond.
Miami City Commissioner Keon Hardemon stated on his Instagram page that Bartlett should face more serious charges.
“Assault with a deadly weapon and calling them n*****s sounds like a hate crime to me,” Hardemon wrote. “Someone knows him and need to identify him. He is not a hero. He will kill someone next time if he isn’t arrested.”