Last month, The San Luis Obispo Police Department arrested Tianna Arata, a Black Lives Matter leader after a protest she organized turned violent.
Arata is 20 years old and based in California. The protest that she was arrested for involved 300 protesters blocking a highway. They also attacked a vehicle with a small child inside.
The San Luis Obispo DA this week filed five felony charges against a Black Lives Matter leader Tianna Arata, including four felony counts of false imprisonment, and one felony count of conspiracy
— National Security News (@Natsecuritynews) August 13, 2020
Arata promised police that the protest would remain peaceful
it would remain peaceful. Authorities say a car window was damaged and glass rained on a 4-year-old in the back seat, but local outlets claim there’s more to it.
After attendees began to leave, a group of police targeted Arata and arrested her, and it was caught on video. Cont.
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The SLOPD have noted that Arata assured them ahead of time that the demonstration would remain peaceful.
According to police, Tianna Arata assured the SLOPD ahead of the rally that it would be a peaceful protest, but things didn’t turn out that way.
Arata is now facing five felony charges from the San Luis Obispo District Attorney. The charges include four felony counts of false imprisonment and one felony count of conspiracy.
In addition, Arata faces misdemeanor charges for resisting or obstructing a peace officer, inciting a riot, and unlawful assembly.
Altogether, Arata is looking at 15 years in prison.
News of BLM crimes is starting to get out
According to Newsweek,
Activist Tianna Arata was arrested on July 21 by the San Luis Obispo Police Department (SLOPD) in California after police said a protest she organized turned violent.
In a statement released following Arata’s arrest, the department said SLOPD Police Chief Deanna Cantrell had spoken with Arata ahead of the rally and had been assured that the protest would be peaceful.
However, SLOPD said the protest, which grew to a demonstration involving approximately 300 people, got out of hand when demonstrators marched onto a highway and, at one point, launched an assault on a passenger vehicle, despite a 4-year-old child being inside.
It is unclear what led up to the incident, but SLOPD said protesters damaged the hood of the vehicle and smashed the rear window, causing glass to shatter on the 4-year-old, who was sitting in the back seat.
According to police, protesters also targeted at least two other vehicles upon exiting the highway, with some demonstrators seen chasing down and throwing objects at one car.
The protest, police said, “resulted in significant public safety risks for protesters and community members.”
Arata told reporters, “I just turned 20 last month, there’s so much that I want to accomplish. And I’ve been through so much struggle in my life that dealing with this, it’s just, like, I want to be able to overcome it and to go on to the new steps of my life.”