Police in North Carolina has arrested a woman who was in a car that was stopped by BLM rioters in the street in Elizabeth City. She’s charged with two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill & more. She may face hate crime charges too.
Lisa Michelle O’Quinn, 41, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill by use of a motor vehicle, one count of careless and reckless conduct and one count of unsafe movement, Elizabeth City Police said in a news release. Investigators said they were still determining if the incident was a hate crime.
Multiple videos surfaced on social media this morning and in one of them, Lisa who is driving a white Sedan is stopped by a BLM mob. She tries to drive away from the rioters but one of them blocks the road with his bike.’
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The mob accused the police officer of not doing his job because he didn’t arrest her immediately:
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They even doxed the officer’s private information online!
The Elizabeth City Police Department said in a statement that Lisa Michelle O’Quinn, 41, drove her vehicle into two 42-year-old women who were “peacefully protesting and exercising their constitutional rights” on Monday evening.
Here’s the video from the incident:
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Was this woman’s arrest justified?
Because with the rise of so-called anti-protest laws which protect the drivers in these situations, this becomes a bigger story to see how this is dealt with.
Prosecutors charged O’Quinn with two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill by the use of a motor vehicle, one count of careless and reckless conduct, and one count of unsafe movement.
Police said they were investigating the incident as a potential hate crime involving aggravating factors that may lead to a longer sentence for O’Quinn if she is convicted.
O’Quinn was being held in jail on a $40,000 bond. Her first court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow.
In the wake of last year’s Black Lives Matter protests, Republican lawmakers are advancing a number of new anti-protest measures at the state level — including multiple bills that specifically make it easier for drivers to run down protesters.
Under the new law, the driver will no longer be liable for striking — or even killing — a person if the driver is “fleeing from a riot … under a reasonable belief that fleeing was necessary to protect the motor vehicle operator from serious injury or death.”
The measure also creates new penalties for protesters who obstruct streets or vehicle traffic, including hefty fines of up to $5,000 and as much as a year in jail.
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