Black LIves Matter activist, Tasha Williamson, is asked an inconvenient question by a reporter and erupts in a anti-white racial rant. The question contradicted the BLM narrative. La Mesa, California, a suburb of San Diego, was firebombed when a BLM protest turned into mob violence.
One 59-year-old woman, Leslie Furcron, was hit with a beanbag in the forehead, fired by a La Mesa police officer and was seriously injured. The Black Lives Matter narrative maintained that the “protesters” had done nothing to provoke the police.
In fact, the protesters were spraying graffiti all over the police station and throwing rocks and bottles at a police (Bearkat) armored vehicle and policemen, before the policed declared the the event to be an unlawful assembly. The police starting to fire tear gas and beanbag rounds into the crowd after they did not disperse. Then, the Black-Lives-Matter mob ran amok and burned three buildings to the ground, two banks and a historic building owned by an architectural firm. They also ransacked a number of stores and businesses and set a bus on fire.
From the timeline provided by the La Mesa Police Department, the “peaceful” protesters had started throwing rocks several hours earlier. The police had declared it an unlawful assembly more than 3 hours before Leslie Furcron was hit by a bean bag. She had plenty of time to leave, but she chose to remain at a violent illegal mob action.
La Mesa was chosen by BLM for this rampage on June 2, 2020, because a La Mesa Policeman had recently arrested a young black man, Amaurie Johnson at a trolley stop in La Mesa. Police brutality was claimed, but that was not the case. It is not clear that the arrest was justified. The policeman may have overreacted to the torrent of obscene abuse he received from Johnson. However, there was no police brutality. For this weak excuse, the center of La Mesa was burned and devastated.
This is the police timeline of events, according to a report by KUSI
On May 30, just after 2 p.m., a group of about 200 people gathered outside the police department. The group marched onto I-8 freeway an hour later.
At 4:28 pm., a large group of 200 gathered again outside the police department, where the American flag was set on fire, twenty minutes later. During this time, rocks were being thrown at officers and at the building.
Just after 5 pm., a first order is given to disperse. The first tear gas was deployed by Sheriff’s deputies at the police station at 6 p.m. By this time, the Sheriff’s Department was involved in providing mutual aid.
Over the next hour between 6 and 7 p.m., more tear gas was deployed as officers were targeted by more rocks and bottles.
At 7:16 p.m., a deputy was injured and around this time, a group moved into the city hall area, hurling rocks and setting a fire.
At 8:16 p.m., a protester, named Leslie Furcron, was injured by a bean bag round, when she was struck between the eyes.
At 9:12 p.m., police received reports of looting at the Vons supermarket and looting and vandalism occurred at other businesses on La Mesa Boulevard.
At 11:11 p.m., Chase Bank was reported to be on fire
At 11:29 p.m., Union Bank on the same street was fully engulfed in flames, and looting continued on La Mesa Boulevard.
An overnight curfew went into effect at 1:30 on Sunday morning.
This minute by minute summary is a part of a larger review detailing police actions that day.
Police Chief Walt Vasquez said he hopes this will be a tool to help both citizens and police move forward.
Tensions were building in the city before the riots, with the May 27 arrest of Amaurie Johnson at a La Mesa trolley stop. The police department later dropped the charges against the teenager.
The detailed timeline released Tuesday was done at the request of City Council-members.
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The woman standing to right of Tasha Williamson in the photo below, is Genevieve Jones-Wright, the candidate supported by George Soros for District Attorney of San Diego County in the 2018 election. To the left is Amaurie Johnson, whose arrest inspired the burning of La Mesa. Tasha Williams was a candidate for mayor in the 2020 primary.