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A driver accused of attempted murder for driving a car into a crowd of Trump supporters in California and severely injuring two people has been revealed to be a major Black Lives Matter organizer.
Tatiana "Tia" Rita Turner, 40 of Long Beach, was taken into police custody and charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon following the incident on Saturday when she reportedly plowed her white sedan through a declared riot of 250 demonstrators in Yorba Linda, about 30 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. Bail has been set an $1 million dollars.
At the time, Caravan 4 Justice, a BLM-affiliated organization that processed through California in the wake of George Floyd's death in late May, clashed with counter-protesters supporting President Donald Trump.
Conservatives had crossed the six-lane 18181 Imperial Highway and confronted the left-wing group demanding justice for Breonna Taylor. Statements on the ground provided to The Post Millennial by independent videographer Tomas Morales suggest that leftists instigated the conflict, pepper spraying pro-Trumpers without cause or provocation.
According to the Daily Mail, federal records reveal that Turner filed a trademark application for the BLM arm in July. A GoFundMe campaign also named her as the group's founder. Police confirmed her association.
On Saturday afternoon, a white Nissan Versa in the Yorba Linda Public Library's parking lot accelerated into the crowd, knocked individuals to the pavement, and sped away.
Furious crowd members chased the car down and hit the vehicle with flag poles. Within seconds, authorities intervened and apprehended the female driver a few hundred yards away.
The two injured, a man and a woman, were transported to a nearby hospital with "major injuries" but were expected to survive, the Orange County Sheriff's Department cited in a press release.
One wounded suffered a bloodied right leg. A bandage was tied to the appendage by a piece of cloth with an American flag design.
“The victims, from what we can tell, it appears that they were part of the Trump supporters,” Orange County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Dennis Breckner told the Orange County Register.
“[Turner] chose that route” to leave the event, Breckner stated. “It wasn’t like that was her only avenue of escape, and she didn’t have to leave at that moment; she could have just stayed in her car.”
It was not immediately clear how fast Turner drove. The back window was smashed and appeared to have a flagpole sticking out of it. The front windshield was shattered.
The investigation in still ongoing. Turner is currently held at the women's Intake Relief Center in Santa Ana. Her bail is set at $1 million. She is scheduled to appear in Central Jail Court on Tuesday.