Wenger on the Buffalo protest: It escalated very quickly

Our Operations Manager and WBEN's Tim Wenger was in the thick of the protests on Saturday

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June 01, 2020 - 4:59 pm
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Since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota last week, protest have taken place around the country against police violence. One of which took place this weekend in Buffalo. WGR Operations Manager and WBEN's Tim Wenger, along with WBEN's Brendan Keany were on hand reporting as the protests turned from peaceful to violent.

Wenger joined Schopp and the Bulldog on Monday to share some of his experiences.

Here's some of what he had to say:

 

Wenger on the beginning of the protest:

"It was a great messaging protest for about an hour and a half. They marched through the streets and everything was respectful and I did a bunch of interviews along those lines, how happy people were. Then it very quickly went bad when a group returned to Niagara Square and rushed the U.S. Federal Courthouse."

 

Wenger on how close he was to the violence:

"It just escalated very very quickly. Within minutes, Brendan [Keany] was texting me 'this is going bad quick'. I was in it. Both Brendan and I got caught in tear gas explosions, which was definitely something to remember."

 

Wenger on the vehicle that was destroyed during the protest:

"Between the Statler [Building] and the courthouse, that street is packed with hundreds and hundreds of people. Yelling and demonstrating... That car started rolling down Delaware Avenue, not at a high rate of speed. It caught my eye because that area of the road was closed. It just came down, people starting screaming, spreading to both sides of the street. People just started toppling the car."

 

Be sure to get the latest news locally and nationally from our sister station, News Radio 930 WBEN.

You can listen to the entire interview below:

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