Lib journalist among 4 charged in BLM firebombing attacks on police vehicles
Four suspects in Arkansas have been formally charged with firebombing police cars during Black Lives Matter protests during the summer. One of those four is Renea Baek Goddard, 22, a far-left journalist who has some very interesting pictures online and an even scarier penchant for vandalism and violence.
Federal authorities are alleging that Goddard was aligned with a BLM group that tossed Molotov cocktails toward Little Rock Police Department vehicles on Aug. 25 as a large crowd demonstrated outside the department’s 12 Street Substation.
The criminal complaint accuses Goddard and her compatriots of orchestrating the targeted attack. Federal search warrants were used to confirm that their mobile phones were in the location of the police station during the time of the attack.
Federal investigators concluded that they “conspired together, aided and abetted one another” and used encrypted applications to communicate with each other “in an attempt to thwart law enforcement detection of the group[‘s] criminal activities.”
The arrests came after a months-long investigation by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. A Dec.17 news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas is being cited.
“Today’s arrests send a message that violence targeted toward law enforcement will not be tolerated,” U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland stated in the release. “Breaking into a police compound and firebombing a police vehicle with a homemade explosive device is clearly not a peaceful protest.”
Goddard was previously taken into custody and charged with obstructing government operations in violation of a local curfew during a BLM protest on June 2, with a court appearance scheduled for Jan. 22 in that case.
She worked for KUAR Public Radio in Little Rock and for the LGBTQ news outlet Autostraddle. She also interned for Arkansas Public Media after attending the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Photos of Goddard include an image of her in a nun-like outfit with a see-through top and slit-open leather skirt.
“As more and more white supremacists try to rebrand themselves, journalists have a responsibility to be vigilant,” Goddard wrote in 2019 on the news site Truthout. “There needs to be an end to this farce that neutrality necessitates taking a centrist position.”
The others arrested are also affiliated with far-left radical activism.
Brittany Dawn Jeffrey, 31, is accused of allowing activists to use her home for assembling incendiary devices. She live-streamed her arrest on Facebook on Dec. 17. The video initially showed her refusing to get out of her car when police approached her according to the Post-Millennial.
She has been arrested a number of times, including one on July 12 for criminal trespassing as BLM activists demonstrated at a Conway, Arkansas business after a former employee there was accused of racism. She is expected to face trial on Jan. 14 in connection with that case. Calling herself “your local blactivist,” Jeffrey has led a series of Black Lives Matter-inspired protests after the death of George Floyd, including rallies that shut down businesses.
The others taken into custody were identified as Aline Espinosa-Villegas, 24, and Emily Nowlin, 27.
Espinosa-Villegas is described as “a transsexual Chilean national … who uses ‘xe’ pronouns and goes by the pseudonym, ‘Loba de Valparaiso’” The word “loba” translates to “she-wolf,” or b**ch. Espinosa-Villegas is being held in the Pulaski County Detention Center without bail in connection with federal charges.
Nowlin, in addition to the firebombing of the police vehicles, also faces charges of misdemeanor disorderly conduct for joining others in blocking traffic during a June 2 protest.
The four suspects have been charged with malicious destruction of property belonging to an entity receiving federal funding, conspiracy to commit those acts, and possession of a destructive device.
All four defendants made their first court appearance on Dec. 17 in Little Rock.