BLM activist Maya Echols warns 'all hell will break loose' if Derek Chauvin is not given the maximum sentence
Echols is hardly the only Black Lives Matter activist who has supported the destruction of cities after Ashley Gantt said last year she didn't 'care if the whole city burned down'
Maya Echols' internet presence is booming as she dons many hats – Tiktoker, model and a Black Lives Matter activist. Recently, however, Echols made headlines when a TikTok video she posted saw her warning audience about the consequences of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin not getting the maximum sentence for the death of George Floyd.
Floyd died on May 25, 2020, with bystanders video showing him on the ground and Chauvin pressing his knee on Floyd's neck for almost 9 minutes. It's what sparked the giant wave of protests against police brutality and culminated in more brutality, violence, arrests, and riots. And now, Echols has warned that if Chauvin gets away with the murder of Floyd, people shouldn't be surprised when buildings go up in flames.
“If George Floyd’s murderer is not sentenced, just know that all hell is gonna break loose,” Echols said in a since-deleted TikTok video, which had been already saved and circulated by other social media users before she could take it down. “Don’t be surprised when building are on fire. Just sayin’.” Echols added. Signed by IMG Worldwide model and with nearly half a million followers on TikTok later, this isn't the first time Echols has posted about the movement, or how she likes to rile up conservative shoppers at the local grocery store.
“My new favorite guilty pleasure is going to the grocery store with this mask on,” she starts by saying in a video, as she can be seen taking off the said Black Lives Matter mask. “I live in a predominately White area …. and the looks I get from these conservatives are crazy, like y’all would be shocked. Like, the death stares I get. It’s so funny to me, though." Echols added: "Like, I get so much pleasure out of seeing somebody upset because I’m saying my life matters,” Echols continues. “Like, it makes me laugh. And then I just look at them dead in their face, and usually I’m taller than them, so I just look down at them, and I look them in their eyes, ’cause they’re not gonna say anything to me.”
“Justice” apparently now means people riot in the street if they don’t get the conviction that they want...😳 pic.twitter.com/yeZ62Y6fWN— Kelly Campagna (@warriorwoman91) April 5, 2021
Criticizing Echols' video on Twitter, a user shared the contents writing "'Justice' apparently now means people riot in the street if they don’t get the conviction that they want.." But Echols is hardly the only Black Lives Matter activists who has supported the destruction of cities. Ashley Gantt, a Rochester, New York, Black Lives Matter leader, made headlines last year when she said she didn't really “care if the whole city burned down.” Gantt added: “If there was looting, if there was things on fire, that is not what is important. What is important is why these things happen. Gantt had also asked the media “to make sure that’s the story that’s heard.”
Noting the rights that exploded through the streets when Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed and how the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed just months later, Gantt had told outlets: "I am just tired of you guys not putting the correct narrative out there. I don’t care if the whole city burned down. We need justice.” Attempting to later soften her remarks, Gantt said that 'of course' she doesn't want masses to set the city on fire, but needs people to understand that when we want “sustainable change, sometimes we have to do whatever it takes to get it.”
In another recent TikTok video from Echols, the model boasts of her “Black Lives Matter” face mask that she likes to wear at her grocery store in a “predominantly White” neighborhood. Echols claims “conservatives” give her dirty looks for the mask and bragged that she stares them down and looks “down on them” since she’s usually taller and “they’re not gonna say anything to me.”
Chauvin is currently on trial, facing charges for second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter over Floyd’s death. Since all charges are separate, the former cop can be charged of all, some, or none of the charges. The Associated Press estimates that without a criminal history, Chauvin will get a maximum of 12 and a half years in prison, the manslaughter granting him a maximum of 10 years in prison. “Chauvin’s attorneys argue that Floyd’s drug use was a crucial factor in his death. The Hennepin County medical examiner reported after Floyd’s autopsy that the deceased had potentially lethal levels of drugs in his system,” The Daily Wire reported on Thursday.