Grief-stricken moms who’ve accused Black Lives Matter of profiting from the deaths of their sons condemned the group’s embattled co-founder Patrisse Cullors after she introduced she was stepping down from the motion.
“I don’t believe she is going anywhere,” Samaria Rice, the mom of a 12-year-old boy shot by Cleveland police whereas taking part in with a toy gun, advised The Post. “It’s all a facade. She’s only saying that to get the heat off her right now.”
Lisa Simpson, a Los Angeles-based mom whose son was slain by police in 2016, additionally blasted Cullors.
“Now she doesn’t have to show her accountability,” Simpson, 52, advised The Post. “She can just take the money and run.”
Cullors, the manager director of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, introduced on Thursday she was leaving the group a month after The Post reported on her $3.2 million real-estate buying spree and questions concerning the group’s funds.
Cullors didn’t reply to a request for remark. She has stated her departure had been within the works for a 12 months and was not tied to what she known as “right wing attacks that tried to discredit my character.”
Rice, 44, advised The Post she first sought out Cullors to enlist the group’s assist in re-opening a federal investigation into her son’s 2014 dying. She stated she exchanged a number of emails with Cullors through the years, however had by no means managed a face-to-face assembly.
“They are benefiting off the blood of our loved ones, and they won’t even talk to us,” stated Rice, who has additionally blasted activists Shaun King and Tamika Mallory, whose speech at the Grammy Awards in March known as on African Americans to “demand the freedom that this land promises.”
In March Rice joined with Simpson, the mom of Richard Risher, to blast BLM for, as Simpson put it, “raising money in our dead sons’ names and giving us nothing in return.”
BLM’s Los Angeles chapter raised $5,000 for her son’s funeral, however Simpson claimed she by no means obtained any of it.
“We never hired them to be the representatives in the fight for justice for our dead loved ones murdered by the police,” stated the assertion by Rice and Simpson posted March 16 by activist @Free Mumia Abu-Jamal. “The ‘activists’ have events in our cities and have not given us anything substantial for using our loved ones’ images and names on their flyers. We don’t want or need y’all parading in the streets accumulating donations, platforms, movie deals, etc. off the death of our loved ones, while the families and communities are left clueless and broken.”
Tamika Palmer, the mom of Breonna Taylor, who was shot dead in a police raid at her residence in Louisville, KY, stated the motion additionally failed her.
“I have never personally dealt with BLM Louisville and personally have found them to be fraud (sic),” Palmer wrote in an April 14 Facebook post that was shortly eliminated. Palmer didn’t return The Post’s repeated calls.
In addition to the moms, BLM Global Network Foundation additionally confronted criticisms from their personal members final 12 months. In an open letter, 10 native BLM teams ripped the muse for what they known as a scarcity of accountability and transparency.
“To the best of our knowledge, most chapters have received little to no financial support from BLMGN since the launch in 2013,” stated the chapters, which included teams from New Jersey and the Hudson Valley.
Just a few months later, BLM Global Network Foundation disclosed that it had raised $90 million in donations, fueling much more criticism.
On Nov. 22, 2014, Tamir Rice was shot dead outdoors a recreation heart whereas holding a toy gun by white police officer Timothy Loehmann, who was responding to a dispatch a couple of man with a gun. Last week, a lawyer for Loehmann filed an appeal with the Ohio Supreme Court to get his job again after he was fired in 2017 for offering false info on a job software.
Tamir’s mother began the Tamir Rice Foundation in 2017 to lift consciousness of her son’s dying and has been working with Cleveland legal professional Subodh Chandra to re-open a federal investigation. The probe into the police officer who shot the youth was began beneath the Obama administration and shelved last year. “There was political interference and a questionable deal was cut,” Chandra advised The Post. “Samaria Rice has been thwarted from having even a shot at due process much less justice for the murder of her son.”
Chandra and Rice stated that they’re hopeful the Department of Justice will greenlight their request after Attorney General Merrick Garland introduced Monday a federal probe into police in Louisville who killed Taylor.
Risher died on July 25, 2016, after he was chased by police outdoors a Watts housing mission. Police say that Risher produced a handgun. LAPD cops fired 64 rounds, according to reports. Simpson stated she was inspired by the Chauvin verdict and the federal probes, and advised The Post she is lobbying for the identical remedy for her personal son.
“He was shot for running while black,” stated Simpson, including that she began the Richard Risher Foundation to lift funds for her personal protests when she stated BLM activists failed to assist her.
“They called me an agent provocateur, a liar and crazy,” she stated, including that she would often present up at LAPD Commission conferences to demand justice for her son. “I am the boots on the ground in this fight, not Black Lives Matter.”
Last month, Simpson engaged in one other protest — this one at her son’s grave at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Los Angeles on April 29, what would have been Risher’s twenty third birthday.
“I’m just a mother who lost my kid,” she advised The Post. “I haven’t gotten any justice and I don’t even know what that looks like.”