A California supporter of Black Lives Matter had her constitutional rights violated at a latest listening to over whether or not she ought to face trial on accusations that she intentionally drove into a crowd of counterprotesters in September 2020, a judge dominated Friday, in response to a report.

During the listening to, Tatiana Turner’s protection legal professional was not given an opportunity to current witnesses or arguments on Turner’s behalf, Orange County Superior Judge Michael Leversen dominated, in response to the Orange County Register.

“The court finds the defendant was denied a substantial constitutional right,” Leversen mentioned, in response to the newspaper.

Leversen mentioned his choice shouldn’t be interpreted as a judgment on the proof introduced by prosecutors towards Turner, the report added.


After the judge’s choice, prosecutors shortly refiled prison expenses towards Turner, together with tried homicide, mayhem and a number of counts of assault with a lethal weapon, in response to the Register. The defendant then entered one other not-guilty plea.

Tatiana Turner, 40, is accused of running over anti-BLM protesters with her car last year. (Orange County District Attorney’s Office)

Tatiana Turner, 40, is accused of operating over anti-BLM protesters with her automotive final yr. (Orange County District Attorney’s Office)

Turner claims her automobile was surrounded by offended counter-protesters in Yorba Linda, California, on the date in query, and he or she acted in self-defense by attempting to drive away from them, the newspaper reported. But prosecutors accuse her of intentionally hanging members of the crowd with her automobile.

Members of Black Lives Matter had been protesting towards police brutality and systemic racism, the report mentioned.

Leversen’s ruling means Turner’s protection workforce will obtain one other alternative to persuade a distinct judge that the case towards her mustn’t proceed, the Register reported.

Judge Beatriz M.G. Gordon had dominated two months in the past that the trial may proceed, the newspaper reported.

Turner is the founder of Caravan 4 Justice, a Long Beach-based group that was collaborating within the Yorba Linda protest on Sept. 26, 2020. 

As two teams of protesters clashed, Turner allegedly obtained into a Nissan Sentra, and tried to go away the realm as a crowd surrounded her automobile. She allegedly accelerated, stopped, then accelerated once more, operating over a lady’s head and a person’s leg, the Register reported.

Turner later instructed a 911 dispatcher that some individuals pulled weapons on her, however Orange County sheriff’s deputies later testified that no weapons had been seen during the incident.