Protester Reportedly Struck With Car and Killed at Black Lives Matter Gathering Deserves Justice

Target: Dan Satterberg, Prosecuting Attorney for King County, Washington

Goal: Punish apparent malevolent act of deadly hate to the fullest extent of the law.

In an eerie echo of the Charlottesville tragedy, a protester was reportedly hit and killed by a car. Twenty-four-year-old Summer Taylor died from injuries she sustained at a Seattle Black Lives Matter protest when a car apparently sped into the crowd. A fellow protester, Diaz Love, was also hospitalized with serious injuries. The suspect reportedly tried to flee the scene, but authorities later apprehended him.

To date, this man only faces charges of vehicular assault. Homicide charges may still come, but this horrible alleged act of violence demands even stronger condemnation. The actions of the driver seemingly showed malicious intent. A police captain familiar with the investigation said: “he went around a series of vehicles that were blocking I-5 and went around on the shoulder where a group of pedestrians were standing,” If true, the hateful nature of this heinous act seemingly cannot be questioned. The alleged assault took place during a rally protesting racism, and both victims identified as non-binary.

Sign this petition to support hate crime and murder charges for suspect Dawit Kelete.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Satterberg,

A life was lost at the recent Black Lives Matter protest, and another tragedy may soon follow suit. The car that killed Summer Taylor and seriously injured Diaz Love reportedly navigated past parked cars and other police barriers to strike these two defenseless protesters and endanger the lives of countless others. Does this apparent atrocity not merit charges stronger than vehicular assault?

If the evidence stands, a murder and several attempted murders took place that night. This alleged crime happened at a rally against hate and targeted members of marginalized communities. The circumstances more than meet the criteria for a hate crime.

Please put the proper legal stamp on this alleged act of intentional violence. Charge and prosecute Dawid Kelete for vehicular homicide and the hate crime statute of malicious harassment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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