Model and Black Lives Matter activist Maya Echols warned the world that the Twin Cities would suffer more riots and vandalism if former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin is not found guilty of killing George Floyd.
“If George Floyd’s murderer is not sentenced, just know that all hell is gonna break loose,” Echols said in a video that has since been removed. “Don’t be surprised when building are on fire. Just sayin’.”
It was just last summer that riots broke out in many major cities across the country over alleged racism by police officers against black people. Business were destroyed and many people were killed as a result of the chaos.
While some protestors have openly condemned the violence, many prominent Black Lives Matter activists have publicly excused and seemingly supported the annihilation of cities.
Ashley Gantt—a prominent Black Lives Matter leader based in Rochester, N.Y.—made waves last summer, for example, when she stated she did not “care if the whole city burned down.”
The Daily Wire reported: “If there was looting, if there was things on fire, that is not what is important. What is important is why these things happen,” Gantt said, telling the media they have a job “to make sure that’s the story that’s heard.”
She referenced the riots that swept metropolitan areas across the country the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. died, adding that the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 passed just months later.
“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.”
Gantt later made an attempt to soften her remarks, saying that “of course” she does not want people to set the city on fire, but that she wanted people to understand that when it comes to “sustainable change, sometimes we have to do whatever it takes to get it.”
In a second recent TikTok video from Echols, the model boasts of her “Black Lives Matter” face mask that she likes to wear at her grocery store in a “predominantly white” neighborhood. Echols claims that “conservatives” give her dirty looks for the mask, and bragged that she stares them down and looks “down on them” since she is usually taller 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 starts the video, taking off her “Black Lives Matter” mask. “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.”
“Like, I get so much pleasure out of seeing somebody upset because I’m saying my life matters,” Echols continues. “Like, it makes me laugh. And then I just look at them dead in their face, and usually I’m taller than them, so I just look down at them, and I look them in their eyes, ’cause they’re not gonna say anything to me.”
Chauvin is currently on trial for second degree murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter in relation to Floyd’s death. The former officer can be found guilty of all, some, or none of the charges since they are all separate.
Since Chauvin has no criminal history, he is likely looking at “serving about 12 1/2 years whether he is convicted of second or third-degree murder,” according to The Associated Press. The manslaughter charge, which comes with the lowest burden of proof, would bring a maximum of 10 years in prison.
After officers were notified that Floyd allegedly provided counterfeit money at a convenience store back in May, Chauvin and three other officers arrested and detained Floyd. Viral videos show that Chauvin kneeled on Floyd for nearly nine minutes keeping Floyd apprehended.
“Chauvin’s attorneys argue that Floyd’s drug use was a crucial factor in his death. The Hennepin County medical examiner reported after Floyd’s autopsy that the deceased had potentially lethal levels of drugs in his system,” The Daily Wire noted Thursday.