Video shows man yelling ‘Kill Muslims’ and ‘Trump’ in downtown Grand Rapids

Posted at 4:41 PM, Mar 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-28 22:52:29-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -  Police are investigating a confrontation involving a man chanting "kill Muslims" at a group in downtown Grand Rapids Sunday afternoon.

The incident happened near Rosa Parks Circle and a portion of it was captured on video.

The video was recorded by Candy Valenzuela.  It shows a man yelling expletives at a group of Muslim street preachers and chanting, "Trump, Trump."

"It was just so hateful and amazing to see that with this presidential campaign people feel it’s okay to voice their hatred in that way," said Valenzuela.

Saying after the confrontation, the man went to the group and took a swing at them and missed.  Police said they were called by a witness who said a group of protesters had pushed a man down.  Police say they're aware of the incident, but no formal complaints have been filed.

Dr. Sharif Ahmad Sahibzada, from the Islamic Center of West Michigan, responded with prayer.

"We have to show patience and educate the people," said Dr. Sahibzada. "We have to ignore it, time I think will mend it."

Warning: Video contains strong language.