A man who was spotted pulling a gun on protesters in Louisville, Kentucky in a viral video has been fired from his job. However, police have since released footage showing that a protester pulled a gun on him as well.
The incident happened last Friday during a protest in Louisville. A screenshot from the video went viral, with social media users slamming the man despite not having the proper context for the image.
The man was labeled as a supporter of Donald Trump, despite there being no evidence the he supports the current president. He was eventually identified as Jim Geisler, and he was subsequently fired from his job at American Air Filter Co., which released a statement about his termination.
“AAF Flanders supports the right to peacefully assemble as an expression of free speech,” a spokesperson for the company said. “In our view, the actions of this individual show poor judgment and are inconsistent with the core values of our company. As such, this individual is no longer with the company.”
Louisville Metro Police, however, refused to file charges against Geisler. The police department explained why in a Facebook post:
“Yesterday, during the protest activity in the Hurstbourne/Shelbyville Rd area, individuals were observed surrounding and inflicting damage on a vehicle at the traffic light on Hurstbourne Pkwy.
During this event, a woman who was participating in the protest pointed a handgun at the occupant of the vehicle, placing him and others in extreme danger. Fortunately, officers were able to move the crowd away and took her into custody a short time later without incident.”
Protesters have fired back by saying that this is also an incomplete video of what happened.
“I wasn’t even thinking about my life, in that moment, I was thinking about everyone else that was around, which is why I drew my weapon back,” Robin Ash, the woman who was arrested, told WHAS-TV. “His gun was pointed, I mean, directly at me, it was like I walked up and his gun was specifically for me, was the way I felt at that moment.”
A friend of Geisler’s gave his version of events in a GoFundMe page that has been set up for him:
“On Friday, 9/18, Jim Geisler was on his way home from work, and was confronted by protesters on Hurstbourne Parkway in Louisville, KY. While at a stoplight, Jim’s car was approached by the menacing group.
They gathered around his car while causing considerable damage to his car. A female protester pointed a gun at Jim.
Jim’s personal safety, and the integrity of his vehicle/property were at stake. He was forced to protect himself. He raised and pointed his firearm at the group in an attempt to ward Them off.”
At the time of this writing, over $11,000 has been raised for Geisler.
This piece was written by James Samson on September 25, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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