The founder of a Black Lives Matter group who refer to themselves as Caravan4Justice was charged Saturday for driving her car into a crowd of Trump supporters in Southern California.
“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. 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. The two people struck, a man and a woman believed to be at the protest, were transported to a nearby hospital with major injuries but are expected to survive,” The Orange County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
#OCSDPIO Protests today in Yorba Linda resulted in two arrests and injuries to multiple people, with a vehicle driving into a crowd, striking and causing major injury to two people. The driver was arrested for attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. pic.twitter.com/7g5txlPf1y
— OC Sheriff, CA (@OCSheriff) September 27, 2020
The statement went on to say that Long Beach resident Tatiana Turner, 40, was booked into the Orange County jail for assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder. “The investigation is ongoing,” the department added.
According to The Daily Mail, Turner is a “Black Lives Matter Organizer”. The outlet also stated: “Federal records show that Turner filed a trademark application for Caravan4Justice in July, and a GoFundMe campaign names her as the group’s ‘founder’.”
The incident occurred as around 250 people were gathered, some were with Caravan4Justice, and others had organized a counter-protest in support of President Trump.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department confirmed this, saying that when the protest and counter-protest started there were around 150 people present, and at the time officials had to declare an unlawful assembly, approximately 250 people had gathered.
“Approximately 30 minutes after the protests began, we began to receive reports of physical altercations occurring between the two protest groups, including at least one individual who was pepper sprayed by another protestor. At that time, the crowd grew to approximately 250 protestors. 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,” the department said.
“The people in the crowd that were hit were in the Trump support group,” said Sgt. Dennis Breckner of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
According to officials, the man who was hit “suffered two broken legs and was hospitalized and one woman suffered major and moderate injuries throughout her body,” The Los Angeles Times reported.
Someone ran their car through a crowd of Trump supporters. OC Sheriffs took the person into custody. Ambulances were dispatched, but I don't have information on injuries pic.twitter.com/EAWBSXS8R1
— Andy Ngo helped plan the assault at Cider Riot (@desertborder) September 26, 2020