Around the nation, we are seeing a chasm-like divide among Americans that is being exacerbated by the coming election and the mainstream media. This has led to scores of people in the streets, exercising their First Amendment rights, along with counter-protesters hoping to discourage them from doing so.
Often, these two sides clash, and with ever more devastating results. The latest flare-up in demonstrations came as a grand jury decided that no officers would be charged in the death of Breonna Taylor, despite the fact that she was shot and killed by police during a late night raid at the wrong house.
The story has become a nationwide call to arms for protest groups, and the ensuing clashes between them have turned dastardly.
The BLM march took place on Imperial Highway near Yorba Linda Boulevard, with counter-protesters shouting insults while carrying American flags and Trump 2020 banners gathered along the other side. At one point, the counter-protesters crossed the six-lane highway and confronted the BLM group. Face-to-face, the sides alternately shouted “Black Lives Matter” and “U.S.A.”
As the conflict grew more heated, with reports that some people had weapons, sheriff’s officials declared an unlawful assembly and ordered all protesters to disperse.
Moments later, a white sedan in the Yorba Linda Public Library parking lot accelerated through the crowd.
The driver, Tatiana Turner of Long Beach, was attending the protest as a supporter of Caravan for Justice, said Orange County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Carrie Braun. The group, which planned Saturday’s event, campaigns against police violence.
Social media users were quick to share video of the incident:
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
— Border Photog #blm (@desertborder) September 26, 2020
Turner has been initially charged with attempted murder.
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