Who's Next? BLM Co-Founder Is On The Warpath With Her Latest Claims VIDEOS

By Maria Angelino | Monday, 27 May 2024 09:20 PM
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Melina Abdullah, co-founder of Black Lives Matter in Los Angeles and running mate of Cornel West in his presidential bid, has recently been in the news for her controversial views and legal battles.

A professor at Cal State LA, Abdullah has been quoted as saying that fans of pop star Taylor Swift are "slightly racist," a statement that has sparked much debate.

Abdullah's legal pursuits have also been a subject of interest. Last year, she filed a lawsuit against the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation and a consulting firm, accusing them of misappropriating $10 million in donations. However, the lawsuit was dismissed by a judge who also ordered Abdullah to pay a portion of her opponents' legal fees.

"Melina Abdullah sought a lawsuit of lies to try and gain power, and it didn’t work,” said Shalomyah Bowers, leader of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation and owner of Bowers Consulting, in a statement to The Post. “I am happy a judge resoundingly dismissed Melina’s lawsuit a few months ago, but it was also really important that there be some accountability for her actions because free speech does not allow you to propagate lies … We’re thankful the judge is holding her accountable.”

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In addition to this lawsuit, Abdullah filed another against the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) following a swatting incident in August 2020. Despite suspicions that the emergency call was a hoax, the police responded to Abdullah's residence.

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James Mankey, a sergeant and one of the defendants in the case, explained to the jury that he did not want to risk ignoring the 911 report of hostages inside the home if it turned out to be true. The police later determined that Abdullah had been the victim of a swatting prank. Abdullah sued the city over the LAPD’s response to the incident, alleging that the police targeted her due to her activism.

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In the swatting incident, the LAPD received an emergency call from an individual who threatened to shoot three hostages unless he received $1 million. The caller provided Abdullah's home address. Despite evidence suggesting the call was a prank, the police dispatched more than a dozen officers and a helicopter to the scene.

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Abdullah, who had her three children at home during the incident, accused the police of seeking to punish her for her anti-police activism with BLM. However, a jury sided with the LAPD, ruling that the incident was handled according to protocol.

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Abdullah alleged that the police's response to the swatting incident was an act of intimidation due to her advocacy against police violence. She was accused of seeking preferential treatment, with jurors hearing parts of an Instagram livestream she broadcast during the incident in which she asked her followers to contact two City Council members she was friends with and asked police, “Do you know who I am?”

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City Attorney Bojorquez played a video from Abdullah’s Instagram livestream, which showed her laughing as she walked back toward her house after speaking to officers. He commented that it didn’t appear as though she had suffered any great trauma, as her lawsuit claimed.

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As for the claim that the police sought to intimidate her, there was no evidence to support this. Body cam footage showed that Sgt. Mankey did not know who Abdullah was until he looked her up while responding to the call.

Mankey testified that he did not recognize Abdullah prior to the incident, despite her reputation as a prominent critic of the LAPD. During the incident, a detective informed Mankey that Abdullah was a “leader” of Black Lives Matter.

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In 2021, the source of the swatting call was traced to three teenagers who had made more than two dozen similar calls. The LAPD stated that the teenagers were motivated by racial hatred.

The teenagers, aged 13 to 16, were connected via the online chat platform Discord and are also suspected in 30 other false emergency threats across the country since July 2020, targeting “other online persons, video gamers, activists, schools, airports, houses of worship, entertainment venues and memorial parks,” according to the LAPD.

While the teenagers certainly deserve punishment for their actions, it is unreasonable to blame the police who were responding to protect Abdullah from a potential intruder. As their attorney pointed out during the trial, they cannot ignore situations based on mere suspicions.

Following the court's decision, Abdullah held a Zoom press conference, revealing that several attorneys she consulted were initially uninterested in taking her case. Her legal team has indicated plans to appeal the decision.

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