An 8-year old girl died in the hands of her mother after encountering a group of armed protesters who blocked the road and opened fire in Atlanta, Ga. Secoriea Turner's mother tried to turn into a parking lot on 1238 Pryor Road after encountering the blocked road. More than one shooter opened fire on the vehicle striking the child.
The incident took place across the burnt-out Wendy's that was the scene of the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks by Atlanta Police officer Garrett Rolfe. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms reprimanded the protesters saying the violence had nothing to do with police reforms.
"You can't blame this on a police officer. You can't say this about criminal justice reform," Mayor Bottoms said. "This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an 8-year-old baby in the car for what?"
She added that such actions would cause people to lose faith in the movement. The mayor said the community must first fight the enemy from within before demanding justice. Mayor Bottoms understood that the actions of the protesters were beyond redemption. However, criticizing the actions of the protesters is perceived as opposing the justice movement. Similarly, peaceful Second Amendment protesters and gun owners protecting their properties have been vilified but no media outrage for BLM-related shootings.
"We're fighting the enemy within when we are shooting each other up in our streets," Bottoms said. "You shot and killed a baby. And it wasn't one shooter, there was at least two shooters."
Secoriya Williamson, the girls father reminded the Black Lives Matter protesters that they killed one of their own.
“They say Black Lives Matter. You killed your own. You killed your own this time. Just because of a barrier? They killed my baby because she crossed a barrier and made a u-turn."
The mayor implored the protesters to turn in the suspects to provide justice for the slain child. Most of those present knew or saw the people who committed the crime but failed to provide information that would lead to arrests. By failing to hand over the suspects, they automatically become accomplices of the crime.
While many protesters seek justice and reforms, the demonstrations have become synonymous with violence. It is unfathomable that people should die from shootings because people were demanding justice for a person shot by the police. Unfortunately, the Black Lives Matter decides which lives are worthy.
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