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California BLM supporter accused of driving in crowd saw her rights violated in hearing, judge says


A California Black Lives Matter supporter saw her constitutional rights violated in a recent hearing on whether she should stand trial on charges that she deliberately ran into a crowd of counter-protesters in September 2020, said said a judge on Friday, according to a report.

During the hearing, defense attorney for Tatiana Turner was not given an opportunity to present any witnesses or arguments on Turner’s behalf, Orange County Senior Judge Michael Leversen ruled, according to the Orange County Register.

“The court concludes that the accused was denied a substantive constitutional right,” Leversen said, according to the newspaper.

Leversen said his decision should not be interpreted as a judgment on evidence presented by prosecutors against Turner, the report added.

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After the judge’s ruling, prosecutors quickly filed criminal charges against Turner, including attempted murder, dismemberment and multiple counts of assault with a lethal weapon, according to the registry. The defendant then entered another plea of ​​not guilty.

Tatiana Turner, 40, is accused of running over anti-BLM protesters with her car last year. (Orange County District Attorney’s Office)

Turner claims her vehicle was surrounded by angry counter-protesters in Yorba Linda, Calif., On the date in question, and that she was acting in self-defense in trying to get away from them, reported the newspaper. But prosecutors accuse him of deliberately hitting members of the crowd with his vehicle.

Members of Black Lives Matter were protesting against police brutality and systemic racism, according to the report.

Leversen’s decision means Turner’s defense team will have another opportunity to convince another judge that the case against her should not proceed, the registry reported.

Judge Beatriz MG Gordon had ruled two months ago that the trial could continue, the newspaper reported.

Turner is the founder of Caravan 4 Justice, a Long Beach-based group that participated in the Yorba Linda protest on September 26, 2020.

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As two groups of protesters clashed, Turner allegedly got into a Nissan Sentra and attempted to leave the area as a crowd surrounded his vehicle. She allegedly accelerated, stopped, then accelerated again, going over a woman’s head and a man’s leg, the Register reported.

Turner later told a 911 dispatcher that some people had shot her, but Orange County sheriff’s deputies later said no weapons were visible during the incident.


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