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Black Lives Matter leader Tianna Arata was arrested last month by the San Luis Obispo Police Department (SLOPD) after a protest she organized turned violent.

The 20-year-old California-based activist organized a demonstration involving more than 300 people who blocked a highway and attacked a vehicle with a 4-year-old child inside.

According to police, Tianna Arata assured the SLOPD ahead of the rally that it would be a peaceful protest. It wasn’t.

The San Luis Obispo DA this week filed five felony charges against Arata, including four felony counts of false imprisonment, and one felony count of conspiracy.

She was also hit with three misdemeanor charges: resisting or obstructing a peace officer, inciting a riot, and unlawful assembly.

Arata is facing 15 years in prison.

Newsweek reported:

Activist Tianna Arata was arrested on July 21 by the San Luis Obispo Police Department (SLOPD) in California after police said a protest she organized turned violent.

In a statement released following Arata’s arrest, the department said SLOPD Police Chief Deanna Cantrell had spoken with Arata ahead of the rally and had been assured that the protest would be peaceful.

However, SLOPD said the protest, which grew to a demonstration involving approximately 300 people, got out of hand when demonstrators marched onto a highway and, at one point, launched an assault on a passenger vehicle, despite a 4-year-old child being inside.

It is unclear what led up to the incident, but SLOPD said protesters damaged the hood of the vehicle and smashed the rear window, causing glass to shatter on the 4-year-old, who was sitting in the back seat.

According to police, protesters also targeted at least two other vehicles upon exiting the highway, with some demonstrators seen chasing down and throwing objects at one car.

The protest, police said, “resulted in significant public safety risks for protesters and community members.”

The video of Tianna Arata’s arrest was posted online.


Arata’s best friend called the arrest a ‘kidnapping.’

“I just turned 20 last month, there’s so much that I want to accomplish,” Arata told The Tribune. “And I’ve been through so much struggle in my life that dealing with this, it’s just, like, I want to be able to overcome it and to go on to the new steps of my life.”

  • Shari says:

    She knew what was going to happen and didn’t have control of the situation do she is 100% guilty as charged. It’s about time they learned the difference between peaceful protests and criminal actions.

  • Cody Boy Williams says:

    Just another whining crying piece of black human waste who commits felonies, then plays the pretentious game of how wonderful she is..These people are such human scabs always complaining. And it shows their spineless cowardly traits when they have to outnumber their innocent victims by 75 to a 1o00against one.

  • clara barton says:

    Please die….

  • elphupphy says:

    People like this young, naive, and violent child should be locked away until they are no longer young. 20 years should do for the charges listed. Protesting is our Constitutional right but rioting is not, plain and simple. Were this my country, the rioters would get one verbal warning a night and then live rounds

  • Pat says:

    She needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and serve a long prison sentence if found guilty!! This violence has to stop!!

  • Steve Hughes says:

    We have LAWS to keep RIOTERS like YOU off the streets and out of private businesses AND public buildings. ZERO SYMPATHY HERE.


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