ACLU Accidentally Admits Black Lives Matter Is a Violent Organization
Leaders from the ACLU blasted a recent anti-rioting bill in North Carolina
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) cannot decide whether Black Lives Matter is a violent organization prone to mass rioting.
Leaders from the ACLU blasted a recent anti-rioting bill in North Carolina, calling it “racist” and “anti-Black Lives Matter,” WNCN-TV reported.
House Bill 805, sponsored by Republican North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore, aims to increase punishment for looting and rioting.
Under the bill, people would be charged with a felony “if in the course of the riot the person causes property damage in excess of fifteen hundred dollars ($1,500) or serious bodily injury.”
But activists claim the bill targets people of color.
Angaza Laughinghouse, the ACLU’s North Carolina Field Manager, said the “bill is a retaliation against the Black Lives Matter movement.”
The state saw mass rioting and destruction following the death of George Floyd in May 2020.
“Like so many other North Carolinians, I saw the destruction that happened last year with, what was not protests, but what became riots, looting, assaults,” Moore said.
“This bill HB805 is racist,” said attorney Dawn Blagrove with Emancipate North Carolina, a group that wants to dismantle “structural racism and mass incarceration across North Carolina.”
“It’s an anti-Black Lives Matter bill,” she added.
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Emancipate North Carolina’s community organizer Kerwin Pittman told WNCN:
“When North Carolina State University won championships and individuals took to the streets, and things were damaged, you didn’t see a bill like this come out."
Assistant professor of law at Campbell University, Shawn Fields, said the bill does not violate rights, but grants police more discretion in making arrests.
“It has less to do with the particular things that are being criminalized in this statute than it does the way the criminal justice system has worked in this country from the beginning,” Fields said.
“This law applies to anyone who would go in and destroy property,” the speaker said.
“Like so many Americans, I was outraged at what I saw at the U.S. Capitol. The destruction that happened there.”
The bill has been passed in the state House and now will head to the state Senate for consideration, WNCN reported.