Black Lives Matter Wisconsin leader – a convicted felon – arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

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MILWAUKEE, WI – Prominent Black Lives Matter leader, recording artist, and convicted felon “Frank Nitty II,” also known as 39-year-old Frank David Sensabaugh, was arrested Monday night on suspicion of felony third-degree sexual assault.

Sensabaugh livestreamed his arrest by Milwaukee Police on Facebook Live.

A little after 11:00 p.m. Monday night, Milwaukee police showed up at Sensabaugh’s home to arrest him on suspicion of third-degree sexual assault.  Officers gave Sensabaugh time to gather phone numbers and other things before placing him in handcuffs.

Sensabaugh climbed to national prominence as a Black Lives Matter leader after the George Floyd incident, having organized and led protests in Milwaukee, Kenosha, Madison, and other Wisconsin cities.

He was streaming video as he was being arrested, so his son assumed control of his phone and continued recording. 

Sensabaugh was first approached by and declined to speak to law enforcement.  When a female officer re-engaged him, he agreed to cooperate but said he needed time to get ready to surrender.

He then continued recording for over ten minutes. He finally said he needed to call his lawyer and was placed into custody. He signed off his live feed after asking followers to share it.

The video noted an off-camera physical altercation between Sensabaugh’s friend and Milwaukee police.

Sensabaugh pleaded for help before the video was terminated:

“I don’t have any cash on me, so I would appreciate if someone would put some on my books.”

Sensabaugh has an extensive criminal history that includes drug manufacturing charges.  He has also been arrested for driving on a revoked license.  He owes over $92,000 in child support. 

He was arrested for disorderly conduct just three months ago after leading a group to block traffic on a highway in Indiana.

Over the summer, Sensabaugh led marches across the upper Midwest city and in Washington, D.C. calling for an end to racial injustice. It also has put him at odds with law enforcement, one time clashing during an attempt to march over the David Hoan Memorial Bridge in Milwaukee that ended with his arrest.

On August 24, he was involved in a Black Lives Matter march that crossed onto private property in Michigan, and the event resulted in an exchange of gunfire.  One protester was injured.

His violent rhetoric was memorialized in a video.  He was quoted in the video:

“White supremacists … if you point your guns at us, you will die.”

This violent attitude and demeanor have now shown through again with the latest allegation resulting in his arrest.

In the video taken during his arrest, Sensabaugh tries to explain his side of the story.  He talks about the “supposed victim” as someone he tried to help, and that took his rental car.

He continues:

“She needed somewhere to stay, came to knock on my door, drove me to the airport and everything.”

(Sensabaugh) then alleged the accuser ‘disappeared’ with a rental car that wasn’t in his name and she wasn’t supposed to drive. He said he had been asking her to bring it back for days and told her, ‘they’re going to have to call the police because I didn’t rent it in my name.’”

He claimed he texted the woman and could tell she was reading the messages, but she did not respond.

He later said:

“Then after that, I said, ‘Fine, I’ll leave it alone, they’re going to call police on you.’

“Who gets sexually assaulted, drives to the airport, makes sure they landed, you know, this is crazy.”

He ended his video, saying:

“Let me say bye to everybody. I love you all. You all know this is bullsh*t. I have all the evidence to back it up. Continue to support.”

Frank Sensabaugh was transferred to the Milwaukee County Jail on Tuesday night, but it is unclear if he has been charged with a crime yet.  The details of the allegation are not clear but involve a woman Sensabaugh says stayed with him after she was involved in one of his marches.

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Group of “activists” on multi-state march walks onto wrong property – gets into shoot out with homeowners

September 5, 2020

 

BEDFORD, PA – On August 24th, a group of activists were participating in a march where some were walking, others driving, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Washington DC with the hopes of raising awareness on their perceived social justice issues. 

At some point, while they were in Bedford, the marchers got into a dispute with property owners, which ended in a shooting.

Pennsylvania State Police released a statement which said:

“Troop G Bedford station was contacted by a property owner on Monday, August 24 at 11:18pm regarding a group of people in a private business parking lot.  Troopers later learned the group was comprised of approximately 30 activists who are traveling on foot and in vehicles from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Washington, DC. 

“At approximately 11:35pm at the same location and before state police arrival, the property owners confronted the activists.  The confrontation escalated, and gunshots were exchanged between the property owners and the activists. 

“One of the activists was struck by birdshot from a shot gun.  The man was treated and released from the Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, 1086 Franklin Street Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  A shotgun, shotgun shells, a semi-automatic pistol and 9mm casings were all recovered at the scene.”

State Troopers are conducting their investigation with the Heritage Affairs Section of the State Police as well as the Bedford county district attorney’s office.  At this time, they are unsure who fired first or why the shots were fired in the first place. 

There have been no arrests made at this time.

One of the protesters, Frank “Nitty” Sensabaugh, told Action News 4:

“We don’t even have signs.  We’re just walking as a group.  It’s just, it’s a lot to deal with…All the racism, all the hatred toward black people.” 

Sensabaugh live-streamed the incident on Facebook.  In the video, you can hear what appears to be protesters, telling an unknown person that the group is leaving and there was no need to be “violent.” 

It is unclear, but it appears the group was attempting to leave as shots are heard.

Sensabaugh, believed to be recording, takes off running as the gunshots are heard.  You can hear someone comment that the person shooting was white.  You can then hear another person, once Sensabaugh is in a vehicle, ask where his “gun” was located, and then you can hear the firearm being racked.  The video cuts off immediately afterward. 

One of the group leaders, Troy Lowe, explained on Facebook that the group of marchers had stopped to reorganize before they walked up an incline to continue their march.  It appears that the people that were in the area were probably concerned that this group of marchers intended to riot in the neighborhood and came out armed with at least one gun.

Lowe aid on Facebook:

“He was like three feet away from us shooting and I told him there was a minister here.” 

Lowe said after the shooting, the man:

“…started talking to us and talking about God and then tried to shake our hands and stuff like that…He just started talking to us like nothing ever happened, like he never shot at us or nothing.”   

According to Action News4, there is a gunshot heard prior to a person exiting their house and walking across the street.  When that person exits their house, they confront the group of protesters as they are walking down the road. 

Action News4 said:

“You can hear more gunshots, and at some point, the people across the street can be heard saying something to the activists.  In its first press release, state police said an argument happened and then gunshots were fired.”
 

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