California BLM organizer charged with 5 felonies following July protest

California BLM organizer charged with 5 felonies following July protest
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[Ed. – If you would like to contribute to her defense, there’s a social media effort underway.]

Tianna Arata, a California-based Black Lives Matter organizer … was arrested by the San Luis Obispo police department on July 21 after she organized a protest that allegedly resulted in vandalism. The hashtag #FreeTianna has since gone viral.

According to a statement released by authorities, the SLOPD police chief contacted the 20-year-old before the protest to ensure it would be peaceful. That protest ended up turning into a march of about 300, police say, that blocked Highway 101 and stopped traffic for nearly an hour.

A passenger vehicle was allegedly damaged and its rear window was smashed, with the glass falling on a four-year-old passenger in the back seat. Arata was later arrested as protesters began to leave.

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