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Black Lives Matter protesters gather in Kinderhook Village Square for a march Saturday. Bill Williams/Columbia-Greene Media

KINDERHOOK — Police are investigating claims that a woman waved a handgun at Black Lives Matters protesters, which included Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson, walking on Rothermel Lane on Saturday afternoon.

“We were all walking down the street and a couple came out yelling obscenities,” Johnson said in a video on his Facebook page. Johnson did not return calls for comment.

“The husband yelled for his wife to get his gun and she came out waving the gun at the crowd,” Johnson said in the video. “State police, who were at the beginning and end of the march, arrived at the scene and interviewed the marchers before going inside the home.”

After about 30 minutes, state police went inside the home, brought the couple out, put them in a state police car and drove away, Johnson said.

State police did not respond to repeated calls and emails for comment.

The incident took place near a home on Rothermel Lane at about 4:15 p.m., according to the state police website.

Around 60 people participated in the scheduled protest that began and ended at Kinderhook Village Square on Route 9. The march kicked off at about 2 p.m.

A few protesters remained at the scene after the incident and many moved along, Johnson said.

Kinderhook Town Supervisor Patsy Leader said she has spoken with state police and the investigation is continuing.

"I spoke to state police earlier today and it's a very thorough investigation that they are doing on this whole matter," Leader said. "They aren't releasing any information right now. They took a lot of evidence and they are looking at everything. It's hearsay right now and we need to make sure that the investigation is completed, and it is being done. We need all the facts."

Johnson said he was disappointed the couple was not handcuffed when they were placed in the police car.

“Many people along the march route treated us well and showed their support, until this happened near the end of the route,” Johnson said.

Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell, R-Stockport, said Sunday he is aware of the incident.

“I did see it [the incident] on social media, but that’s all I know,” Murell said.

Participants marched through village streets, including Rothermel Lane, and returned to village square, where the protest was scheduled to end at 6 p.m. State police provided traffic control at the event.

Check back for more on this developing story.

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