On Sunday John Cardillo, a former New York City police officer, posted a selfie on Twitter of himself pointing a gun at the camera. The caption read: “I’m really enjoying these Eggs Benedict so move along now. #BlackBrunchNYC.” The hashtag was the same one used by several dozen protesters who had stormed into brunch eateries in New York and California earlier in the day to denounce the police killings of African Americans, the New York Daily News reports.
In an interview with BBC News, Cardillo argued that the protesters purposely picked brunchgoers as a target because they wouldn’t run into retaliation. “I found this group to be incredibly cowardly; this was a feel-good measure and they picked the softest target imaginable,” Cardillo said.