A Black Lives Matter activist and model warned Monday that if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin isn’t convicted of murder charges there would be new rioting and destruction.
“If George Floyd’s murderer is not sentenced, just know that all hell is gonna break loose,” Maya Echols said in a now-deleted video. “Don’t be surprised when buildings are on fire. Just sayin’.”
“Justice” apparently now means people riot in the street if they don’t get the conviction that they want…😳 pic.twitter.com/yeZ62Y6fWN
— Kelly Campagna (@warriorwoman91) April 5, 2021
Echols, who last year signed with IMG Worldwide talent agency, has more than 484,000 TikTok followers.
The warning for many likely conjured up images of rioting and looting for days in the city that left scores of businesses and a police precinct in ashes. Rioting and looting in response to Floyd’s death last year then spread to other major U.S. cities.
Some BLM activists condemned the destruction, but many others supported it and said it was justified due to “systemic racism” from within the ranks of police.
“If there was looting, if there was things on fire, that is not what is important. What is important is why these things happen,” BLM activist Ashley Gantt said in early June, shortly after Floyd died.
She went on to cite rioting and violence that swept the country following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., adding that major civil rights legislation was signed into law weeks later.
Gantt also chastised the mainstream media.
“I am just tired of you guys not putting the correct narrative out there,” she said. “I don’t care if the whole city burned down. We need justice.”
As for Echols, she boasted in a separate TikTok video of her “Black Lives Matter” mask she enjoys wearing in a “predominantly white” neighborhood, going on to claim that “conservatives” cast negative glances at her. She then said she returns the stare and looks “down on them” because she is taller than most of them and “they’re not gonna say anything to me.”
“My new favorite guilty pleasure is going to the grocery store with this mask on,” she says, according to The Daily Wire.
“I live in a predominately white area …. and the looks I get from these conservatives are crazy, like y’all would be shocked. Like, the death stares I get. It’s so funny to me, though,” she added.
Regarding Chauvin’s trial, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) signed an executive order in February activating the National Guard well in advance of this month’s trial so troops could prepare to confront potential violence regardless of the outcome.
The order is effective for a year and will cover Chauvin’s trial along with those of three other former Minneapolis officers charged in connection with Floyd’s death.
Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. But because he does not have a prior criminal record, he is most likely facing “about 12 1/2 years” in prison “whether he is convicted of second or third-degree murder,” The Associated Press reported.
The separate manslaughter charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.
Two other former officers who were charged, Thomas Lane J. Alexander Kueng, were being trained by Chauvin for less than a week when Floyd died.
Former officer Tou Thao was also arrested. All three are charged with aiding and abetting Floyd’s death.
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