A Black Lives Matter leader has been arrested and charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon after video showed her accelerating her car into a crowd of Trump supporters in southern California, injuring two.
Driver Tatiana Turner, 40, of Long Beach, was arrested following the incident on Saturday in the city of Yorba Linda, about 30 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
The violence erupted as about 250 people gathered, some with a group called Caravan4Justice supporting Black Lives Matter, and others to stage a nearby counter-protest supporting President Donald Trump.
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‘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.
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.
The incident occurred as members of Black Lives Matter demonstrated against police brutality and systemic racism.
Counter-protesters crossed six-lane Imperial Highway and confronted the BLM protesters, authorities said. The protesters also confronted each other in the parking lot of the Yorba Linda public library, Braun said.
A white sedan came went through the crowd in the parking lot or the exit of the parking lot at the public library, injuring two people, Braun said.
People chased the car as it tried to drive away, and it was eventually stopped and was surrounded by police, she said.
The Register reported it was not known how fast the car was going. The back windshield had been broken out, and it had a flagpole sticking out of it. The front windshield was smashed, the Register reported.
Braun said there were 300 people total and at some point it was declared an unlawful assembly and dispersal orders were given.
On Thursday night, a BLM protester was struck by a pickup truck during a march in Hollywood and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Los Angeles police said Friday the preliminary investigation found that the driver was attempting to maneuver through the crowd when protesters began beating the vehicle with sticks and attempted to open the door.
The driver was attempting to drive away from the situation when he struck the protester. The driver stopped several blocks away and cooperated with officers. He was released pending the outcome of the investigation.
The investigation into Saturday’s incident in Yorba Linda is ongoing. Turner is being held in the Orange County Jail, and it was unclear whether she had an attorney to speak on her behalf.
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