WASHINGTON, DC – At a rally held on April 16th at Black Lives Matter Plaza, dubbed as the “Jail Killer Cops” rally, a 21-year-old activist addressed the crowd and at one point rhetorically asked when protesters would be “ready to get blood on their hands.”
"If you want to set something on fire, go do that," Rahim added.
— Fairfax GOP (@FairfaxGOP) April 17, 2021
During this rally held at the nation’s capital, 21-year-old Rahim B. initially addressed the recent election of President Joe Biden – saying that him being brought into office hasn’t produced the sort of change he and others are seeking in terms of various reforms:
“Voting is not gonna bring us this…We voted in the new president, Joe Biden, but I told folks straight up — Joe Biden ain’t gonna do nothing for us because Joe Biden was in office as the vice-president when the Black Lives Matter movement started and ain’t nothing changed.”
Rahim rhetorically asked when BLM protesters are going to stop merely protesting and marching and instead commit to engaging in violence:
“We’ve been protesting for a really long time… How much longer can we protest and march in the streets before we are ready, really ready, to get blood on their hands because one of these days, it’s going to have to come to that.”
Even though some could interpret the words spoken by Rahim as being tantamount to an incitement of violence, said words spoken by the individual don’t meet the legal definition due to the encouraging of violence lacking a specific person or persons being named.
All the more concerning in this young activist’s speech was him condoning general lawlessness in the pursuit of “change”, noting that he doesn’t “condemn” acts such as arson and looting:
“Bringing about that change is not going to always be pretty, and it’s not going to be peaceful. I don’t condemn who loot, I support them for looting.
I support people who take matters in their own hands. If you want to set something on fire, go do that.”
Once again, while this charged rhetoric espoused by Rahim is extremely troubling, it still likely doesn’t meet the relatively high bar set by the Bradenburg test.
The speaker also alleged during this rally that there’s an ongoing systemic issue where individuals are sent to prison for decades “for crimes they didn’t commit”:
“The system is killing people every single day. In the courtroom, you got people locked up doing 20 years, facing life sentences, for crimes they didn’t commit…How far are you willing to go for this justice?”
Back in 2018, novelist and attorney John Grisham proclaimed in an op-ed featured in the Los Angeles Times that wrongful convictions within the U.S. are “estimated to be somewhere between 2% to 10%,” but also conceded that it’s “nearly impossible” to arrive at a truly accurate figure regarding this matter:
“Millions of defendants are processed through our courts each year. It’s nearly impossible to determine how many of them are actually innocent once they’ve been convicted. There are few resources for examining the cases and backgrounds of those claiming to be wrongfully convicted.”
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In other recent news regarding BLM-related activities, protesters recently amassed in Dallas, Texas, and harassed restaurant patrons.
Here’s that previous report from earlier in April.
DALLAS, TX – Recent video has surfaced reportedly capturing an incident outside of a restaurant in Dallas, Texas, where a group of Black Lives Matter protesters gathered while loudly chanting about burning “shit down” and generally harassing diners present.
While it is unconfirmed whether it was the impetus, signage held by some of the protesters seen in the video suggests it may have been partially inspired by the death of Marvin Scott III, who inexplicably died while housed at the Collin County Jail back in March.
— Cat Hyde Кот Хайд (I'm just here for my ban)🖤🧡 (@KBoomhauer) April 14, 2021
The footage seems to have been captured during the evening of April 13th, where a few dozen protesters effectively took over an eatery in Dallas while chanting:
“Who burns shit down? We burn shit down.”
Numerous protesters were carrying signs, some were armed with rifles, and at least one woman was hoisting a megaphone while leading participants into various chants. One of the other chants, presumably aimed at annoyed diners, went as such:
“Silence is violence, why the fuck are you quiet?”
— Cat Hyde Кот Хайд (I'm just here for my ban)🖤🧡 (@KBoomhauer) April 14, 2021
At one point, during some of the footage captured, a woman stood atop one of the tables at the restaurant and started kicking drink glasses off of the table before engaging in more chants.
Sometime thereafter, the group had amassed outside of the Statler Hotel in Dallas, once again, chanting the likes of “black lives matter” and “silence is violence.”
Hi @NextGenAction – care to explain why you have armed protestors harassing people?
— Ron Bassilian (@Ron4California) April 14, 2021
Reportedly, the non-profit group Next Generation Action Network has at least accepted some of the responsibility for the armed protest outside of the Dallas eatery and hotel after one online commenter had recognized some of the armed people present were adorning red NGAN shirts.
When NGAN responded to one commenter asking why the group has “armed protesters harassing people,” NGAN responded that those armed protesters were their NPO’s “security team”:
“Our security team is licensed to carry ensuring the safety of our protest. We cannot depend on the Police for that.”
Our security team is licensed to carry ensuring the safety of our protest.
We cannot depend on the Police for that.
— Next Generation Action Network (@NextGenAction) April 14, 2021
Based upon some of the signage being held up by the protesters in Dallas, it seems as though this demonstration was partially inspired by the death of 26-year-old Marvin Scott III, who passed away under ambiguous circumstances after being booked into the Collin County Jail following his March 14th misdemeanor marijuana possession arrest.
To date, medical examiners haven’t released an official cause of death while Scott was in custody at the jail.
What has been released regarding Scott’s death was that Collin County Sheriff’s deputies working the jail had reportedly pepper sprayed Scott and covered his face with a spit mask at one point while in custody at the jail.
Sometime after being pepper sprayed and fitted with a spit mask, Scott became unresponsive and was pronounced deceased after being transported to an area hospital. Reportedly, seven sheriff’s deputies have been fired in connection with the investigation into Scott’s death.
— Sophia Beausoleil (@SophiaNBC5) March 23, 2021
An independent autopsy conducted by forensic pathologist Dr. Amy Gruszecki, who was hired by the family following Scott’s death, resulted in what’s known as a “negative autopsy” – meaning that there’s no signs of apparent physical injuries akin to blunt force trauma that could reasonably lead to death.
Dr. Gruszecki said, based upon her examination, that the negative autopsy in conjunction with other facts from the case poses strong evidence of some sort of asphyxia:
“The investigation and history that is available to me so far is that he was restrained and had a spit hood on his head, so the physical struggle of the restraint as well as the possible asphyxia from the restraint would likely be causes of his death and a negative autopsy, meaning no injuries, no blunt force trauma is consistent with that.”
The Texas Rangers are reportedly leading the investigation into Scott’s death.
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