A Black Lives Matter “activist” who set fire to an apartment complex in Downtown Los Angeles in 2014 received a brutal sentence for his actions.
Dawud Abdulwali, who stated that he set the fire to show his support for Black Lives Matter and his anger towards law enforcement, was sentenced on Monday to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay $100 million in restitution.
Dawud Abdulwali, 58, pleads no contest to arson in Da Vinci apartment inferno and is sentenced to 15 years in prison. pic.twitter.com/6od2rsGaJA
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) April 24, 2017
Abdulwali’s stunt occurred on December 7, 2014. On top of burning down a 7-story apartment complex, the fire from the building also caused a lot of damage to freeway signs and local buildings.
As highlighted by the Los Angles Times:
“The blaze caused between $20 million and $30 million in damage to the Da Vinci complex and an additional $50 million in damage to the DWP building, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The apartment complex’s owner also suffered approximately $100 million in lost potential revenue as a result of the fire, according to a probation report filed with the court.”
Edwyn Gomez, Abduwhali’s former roommate, told authorities during the investigations that he witnessed Abdulwali speaking about “seeking vengeance” following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in late 2014.
“Cops kill my people,” and “We should go do this, we should go burn some [expletive] down … We should go break some windows,” Abdulwali reportedly told Gomez.
Ralph Terrazas, Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department, issued a prepared statement following Abdulwali’s plea deal: “Thanks to the hard work of dozens of investigators and the dedicated staff of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, a man who set one of the most expensive and destructive building fires in the City’s history will serve a lengthy prison sentence.”
Reaction to Abduwhali’s actions has received mixed emotions on Twitter. Shockingly, some are supporting what he did.
— always towards the radiant future (@ascetichouse) October 31, 2016
Dawud Abdulwali's being held at Men's Central Jail, 441 Bauchet St. in LA. Booking number 4337176. Is this all the info needed to write him?
— ◀️➡️⬆️↙️⏫↘️⬆️⬅️▶️ (@itmotwwntgbabic) May 28, 2016
Many mainstream outlets are not covering this story, but it is apparent that Abduwhali deserves to be in jail and his sentencing was appropriate for his actions.
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