BLM protester charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault after driving into group of California Trump supporters
A Black Lives Matter (BLM) protester who filed a trademark for the group Caravan for Justice has been arrested and charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon after driving a sedan into Trump supporters in California during a counter-protest.
“The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said that Tatiana Turner, 40, of Long Beach, California, was arrested in connection to the violence which broke out at the planned protest by a group called ‘Caravan for Justice’ on Saturday in Yorba Linda, California,” says Newsweek.
“The protest, which was organized prior to the announcement that only one Louisville police officer would face charges following the shooting at Taylor’s home but not for her death, was met with counter protests from people waving American flags and pro-Trump signs, reported FOX LA.”
According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, Turner is also listed as a founder of the GoFundMe group “Caravan4Justice.”
“At approximately 3 p.m. after several dispersal orders a vehicle in the parking lot of the Yorba Linda Public Library at 18181 Imperial Highway struck at least two individuals,” said the Orange County Sheriff in a statement. “The driver, believed to be part of the Caravan for Justice, continued to leave the parking lot and was detained a short distance away from the incident.”
Video from the scene shows the car accelerating through Trump protesters in the library parking lot as it exited on to a local street.
“’Oh my God!’ a woman is heard screaming on video as the white Nissan Versa accelerates into the crowd, knocking the demonstrators to the pavement and speeding away,” says the Daily Mail.
“Furious crowd members chased the car, hitting it with flag poles, but within seconds police intervened, taking the female driver into custody. The two injured people, a man and a woman, were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, said Carrie Braun, spokeswoman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department,” added the tabloid.
“The man suffered two broken legs and the woman had major injuries,” said Orange County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Dennis Breckner according to local ABC News 7.
Last week, a pick-up truck struck BLM protesters in Hollywood, after protesters blocked the truck in Sunset Blvd. The driver of the pick-up stopped later and cooperated with police who said they think the person was simply trying to extricate himself from the violence surrounding the protests.
Unlike the Hollywood incident, police think that the incident involving Turner and Caravan for Justice was a deliberate attempt to injure protesters, hence the charges for attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon against Turner.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department was forced to break up both demonstrations in Yorba Linda due to altercations between both BLM and pro-patriot protesters.
“Due to the physical altercations and reports of individuals within the crowd having weapons, an unlawful assembly was declared and a dispersal order was issued. One man, Jason Mancuso, 46, of Anaheim, was arrested for failure to obey the dispersal order,” said a statement by the Sheriff’s office.
PHOTO: Mindy Schauer/The Orange County Register via AP
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