In May 2021, 23-year-old activist Myah Warren reported that she and other protesters were almost hit by a car in Fayetteville, North Carolina. After her request to press charges was denied twice, the assailant was finally charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
Who’s the suspect? A JUDGE.
According to Warren and other witnesses, Judge John M. Tyson sped up directly at them in his SUV. When he failed to hit them, he jumped the curb! Tyson then called 911, saying protesters were in the street blocking his state vehicle.
But video evidence shows they weren’t even near him!
Warren, who’s a member of the Human Relations Commission, said Tyson’s attempt was “the most violent experience she’s had in her years of participating in demonstrations.”
Even worse? “He’s a well-known racist.”
Back in 2016, Tyson famously said race wasn’t a factor in the killing of 20-year-old Kourey Thomas – who was shot by a white man who’d told 911 there were “hoodlums” in the neighborhood. See a similarity?
Not only is the entire criminal legal system itself anti-Black, but authorities will lie about their racism and then make important decisions affecting Black people. And this is happening in the midst of several states announcing anti-protest laws.
We can't let them get away with their lies – and we can't let this system go unchallenged.