Mourning mothers who accused Black Lives Matter of exploiting their son’s death condemn Patrise Cullors, co-founder of the struggling group. after she announced that she was stepping down from the movement.
“I don’t believe she is going anywhere,” Samaria Rice, the mother of a 12-year-old boy shot by Cleveland police while playing with a toy gun, told the Post. She just said that to cool off right now.”
Lisa Simpson, mother in Los Angeles His son, who was killed by police in 2016, also attacked Colors.
“Now you don’t have to take responsibility,” Simpson, 52, told The Post. “You can just run the money.”
Cullors, executive director of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, announced Thursday she was leaving the group, a month after The Post reported on the $3.2 million real estate purchase spree and questions about the group̵7;s finances.
Cullors did not respond to requests for comment. She said her departure had been in the works for a year and was not tied to what she called “the stagnation.” “A right-wing attack that tried to discredit my character.”
Rice, 44, told The Post that she searched Cullors for the group’s help in reopening a federal investigation into her son’s 2014 death. over the years but never held a face-to-face meeting
“They benefit from the blood of those we love. And they won’t even talk to us,” said Rice, who has attacked Shaun King and activist Tamika Mallory. who made a speech at the Grammy Awards in March urging Africans “Claim the freedom that this land promises.”
in March Rice has teamed up with Simpson. Richard Richer’s mother to blow up BLM, as Simpson said. “raising money on behalf of our deceased son and it didn’t repay us at all.”
BLM’s Los Angeles Chapter Raises $5,000 for Her Son’s Funeral But Simpson claims she never got it.
“We have never hired them to represent us in the fight for justice for our loved ones who have been killed by the police,” Rice and Simpson said in a statement posted March 16 by Activist @Free Mumia Abu-Jamal said: “The ‘activists’ are active in our city and don’t give us much to use the pictures and names of our loved ones in the flyers. We don’t want or need you to march on the streets collecting donations, platforms, movie deals, etc. from the deaths of our loved ones. while families and communities are shocked and broken.”
Breonna Taylor’s mother Tamika Palmer, who was shot dead in a police raid on her home in Louisville, KY, said the move failed her.
“I have never personally dealt with BLM Louisville and found it to be fraud (sic),” Palmer wrote in an April 14 Facebook post, which was quickly deleted. Palmer didn’t call The Post again and again.
In addition to mothers, the BLM Global Network Foundation faced criticism from its members last year. In an open letter, 10 local BLM groups shattered the foundations for what they called irresponsibility and transparency.
“According to our knowledge Most chapters have received little or no financial support since their release in 2013,” the chapter said, which includes groups from New Jersey and the Hudson Valley.
A few months later, the BLM Global Network Foundation revealed it had raised $90 million in donations, sparking more criticism.
On November 22, 2014, Tamir Rice was shot dead outside a recreation center while holding a toy gun by white police officer Timothy Loehmann, who was responding to a man holding a gun. Last week, Loehmann’s attorneys appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court to reinstate the job after he was fired in 2017 for providing false information about his job application.
Tamir’s mother founded the Tamir Rice Foundation in 2017 to raise awareness of her son’s death. and has worked with prosecutor Su Pho Cleveland’s Chandra to reopen the federal investigation. The investigation of the police officer who shot the child began under the Obama administration and ended last year. “There has been political interference and a dubious cut of the deal,” Chandra told the Post. “Samaria Rice is much less deterred from being shot at justice. for the murder of her son.”
Chandra and Rice said they hope the Justice Department will light their request after Attorney General Merrick Garland recently announced a federal investigation into Louisville that killed Taylor.
Riser died on July 25, 2016, after he was chased by police outside Watts’ home project. Police say Riser produced a pistol. NACC fired 64 shots. Simpson said she was encouraged by the word. Chauvin’s verdict and a federal investigation, and told The Post that she was lobbying for the same treatment as her own son.
“He was shot for running while black,” Simpson said. She added that she founded the Richard Risher Foundation to raise funds for her own protest. When she said the BLM activists had failed to help her.
“They called me a provocative agent. Liars and freaks,” she said, adding that she would attend regular LAPD board meetings to demand justice for her son. “I was boots on the ground in this fight. It’s not about Black Lives Matter.”
last month Simpson joins in another protest. This time it was at her son’s grave at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Los Angeles on April 29, likely Risher’s 23rd birthday.
“I’m just a mother who lost a child,” she told The Post. “I didn’t get any justice. And I don’t even know what it looks like.”