A protest organizer has been charged with attempted murder, six counts of assault with a deadly weapon and multiple other felonies in connection with pepper spraying several counter protesters and then driving her car through the crowd, running over the head of one protester and breaking the leg of another, during a protest in Yorba Linda Saturday.
According to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Tatiana Rita Turner, 40, of Long Beach, was charged Tuesday been charged with one felony count of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation, six felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon, including one causing great bodily injury, one felony count of mayhem, and two felony counts of the use of pepper spray by a felon. Turner faces a maximum sentence of seven years to life plus 13 years and four months in state prison if convicted on all charges.
She has previous felony convictions for drug sales and domestic violence.
On Sept. 26, 2020, Turner helped her protest group organize the March 4 Equality protest outside of the Yorba Linda Library in conjunction with other Black Lives Matter Groups. Many protesters in that group were outfitted with helmets, tactical vests, riot shields, and tasers. At the same time a larger group of President Donald Trump supporters had also planned a rally in the same area. The two groups converged on each other and Turner is accused of pepper spraying two counter protesters during the confrontation.
Turner is accused of waving a wooden baton at protesters before getting in her car and driving through the crowd, running over the head of one woman and breaking the leg of a man. She was stopped a short while later by sheriff’s deputies.
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