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Tianna Arata, a BLM Organizer, Is Facing 15 Years in Prison for Protesting. Here’s How You Can Help Her.

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Article by Starr Bowenbank, Cosmopolitan

The Black Lives Matter movement is still going strong, but one of its champions is facing a slew of harsh legal charges: 20-year-old Tianna Arata, who was arrested after a protest in California, is now facing criminal charges that could land her in prison for up to 15 years. There has been renewed interest in Arata’s case after #FREETIANNA started trending on Twitter over the weekend and details emerged about what happened that raise serious questions.

Here’s what happened: On July 21, Arata was arrested by officers from California’s San Luis Obispo Police Department (SLOPD) after a protest she organized ended with vandalism. Documentation from the SLOPD says Arata was contacted before the protest to ensure it would remain peaceful. Authorities say a car window was damaged and glass rained on a 4-year-old in the back seat, but local outlets claim there’s more to it. According to the local paper The Tribune, motorists were driving into protestors.

After attendees began to leave, a group of police targeted Arata and arrested her, and it was caught on video.

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