According to police, Arata assured the SLOPD ahead of the rally that it would be a peaceful protest.
Of course, it wasn’t.
The 20-year-old California-based Black Lives Matter activist organized a demonstration involving more than 300 people who blocked a highway and attacked a vehicle with a 4-year-old child inside.
Here’s a short clip (no sound) of those peaceful protesters attacking the vehicle
SLO police explain why they arrested Tianna Arata
The San Luis Obispo DA this week filed five felony charges against Arata, including four felony counts of false imprisonment, and one felony count of conspiracy.
She was also hit with three misdemeanor charges: resisting or obstructing a peace officer, inciting a riot, and unlawful assembly and is now facing 15 years in prison.
Tianna Arata’s arrest triggers the social media mob
Arata’s best friend Melissa Elizalde called the arrest of Tianna Arata a ‘kidnapping.’
— melissa elizalde (@melissayumm) August 10, 2020
a black woman named TIANA ARATA is about to be in prison for 15 years because she held an peaceful protest.
A BLACK WOMAN IS GOING TO PRISON FOR 15 YEARS FOR HOLDING AN PEACEFUL PROTEST
Fuck the land of the freedom! This is racism! This is corruption!
RT THIS pic.twitter.com/bDtIgEZGSK
— 𝒷𝓁𝒶𝒾𝓈𝑒 / blm acab 🖤 (@crystalzmethyd) August 10, 2020
HELP: #TianaArata is now facing up to FIFTEEN YEARS in prison for organizing a peaceful protest. @SLOSheriff ambushed her. the kidnapping shit is starting. help stop it now. make this trend: #FreeTianna
— elijah daniel (@elijahdaniel) August 10, 2020
Y’all put men in jail for 3 days for raping women but once a women organizes a peaceful protest for black equality ( which is our first amendment right ) y’all wanna lock her up for 15 years ?? IS IT LEGAL TO PROTEST OR NOT !! #FreeTianna pic.twitter.com/rNsZkpkvfC
— The Real Destiny Marilyn ➐ (@sweetnovacane) August 10, 2020