• Richard Easson

BLM Activist Threatens ‘All Hell’ if Chauvin is Not Sentenced in George Floyd Death

A Black Lives Matter activist who is also a model and influencer on social media boasting nearly a half-million TikTok followers, Maya Echols, released a video statement on the platform threatening civil unrest.

In the statement that has since been removed, she claimed that “all hell is gonna break loose” if the former Minneapolis officer charged in the death of George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, “is not sentenced.”

Lucky for Echols, despite her removing the video from her account, others were able to save it for reference:

The activist said, "If George Floyd's murderer is not sentenced, just know that all hell is gonna break loose. Don't be surprised when buildings are on fire. Just sayin'."

The murder trial for Chauvin began last week and is expected to last about a month. He has been accused of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter. The video that went viral last May of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck sparked the nationwide protests and destructive riots that rocked various cities and towns and lasted throughout the summer.

The Associated Press claims that a major concern is whether Chauvin will receive a fair trial due to pressure on jurors who may be “potentially fearing the consequences to the city and country should they reach a verdict others oppose."

The AP wrote:

A high fence installed around the courthouse for the trial is a daily reminder for jurors of security concerns. On some days, protesters gathered just beyond it, holding signs that read, "Convict Derek Chauvin" and "The World Is Watching." Jurors are well aware that Floyd's death led to months of protests in Minneapolis and cities nationwide. They're aware, too, that thieves took advantage of demonstrations to break into, ransack and sometimes burn down stores. [...] Numerous people expressed unease about serving on the panel for Chauvin's trial during the more than two weeks of jury selection. At least one who became teary-eyed was excused, as were others who were visibly unnerved. Others displayed no such apprehension. A Black man in his 30s who was ultimately put on the jury wrote on a questionnaire that the Chauvin trial was the biggest case of his lifetime. And he added: "I would love to be a part of it."

Some reading article this might notice that Echols’ comments eerily mirror those of Rochester, New York Black Lives Matter leader Ashley Gantt.

Gantt spoke in front of a crowd in her hometown days after Floyd’s death and said that she didn’t “care if the whole city burned down.”

She continued, "If there was looting, if there was things on fire, that is not what is important. What is important is why these things happen.”

Yep, that’s a smart and rational ideology…riot, ransack and burn down the very businesses built by those in the African American community – the same community you say you’re fighting for.