DAILYKENN.com -- 24-year-old Summer Taylor was killed while participating in a black-lives-matter disruption event in Seattle, Washington.
Reports say a vehicle driven by Dawit Kelete plowed into protesters during the "Black Femme March" on a closed stretch of Interstate 5.
Taylor is not the first protester to die while protesting white racism. On August 12, 2017, James Alex Fields Jr. drove a vehicle into a crowd of as they protested the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed in that incident.
According to people.com,
Kelete, a 27-year-old man from Seattle, allegedly drove his car around a series of "support vehicles" -- which protesters had parked to block off the areas of I-5 -- and onto the shoulder of the freeway into the crowd of people.The Seattle Times reported:
Troopers don’t believe impairment was a factor and said Kelete drove the wrong way on the Stewart Street off-ramp to enter the interstate, which had been partially shut down in response to protesters. State Patrol announced Saturday evening that it would no longer allow protesters on the interstate.
|Courtesy of Jenna Vesper via The Seattle Times|
It is not known if Kelete, who is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, is an from Congo in sub-Saharan, Africa. Nor is it known if he is in the USA legally.
From The Seattle Times ▼
State Patrol announced Saturday evening that it would no longer allow protesters on the interstate.
The change in strategy comes as protests against police brutality and racism enter their second month in Seattle. The hit-and-run was the latest traumatic event to occur at or near protest areas, including shootings near the Capitol Hill Organized Protest, which was shut down by police Wednesday.
“Blocking a freeway is a crime and no longer are we going to enable that criminal conduct to continue,” said State Patrol Capt. Ron Mead, who made the decision to no longer close the interstate. “We are not going to be allowing protesters to access the freeway unimpeded, and there are consequences for criminal conduct.”
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