Black mothers of police victims accuse BLM of taking advantage of ‘loved ones’
Some mothers of black sons and daughters killed by police slam the national organization Black Lives Matter amid controversy over the lavish lifestyle of co-founder Patrisse Cullors.
“Everything is a facade,” Samaria Rice, mother of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was killed by a white policeman in Cleveland in 2014, said on Saturday.
Rice said she asked Cullors for help in re-launching a federal investigation into her son’s death. But unless he exchanged a few emails, his pleas never earned him the time to meet with the executive director of Black Lives Matter.
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“They take advantage of the blood of our loved ones, and they won’t even talk to us”, Rice said.
Cullors announced her departure after a five-year reign earlier this week following reports she had bought four homes for $ 3.2 million.
Hawk Newsome, the head of Black Lives Matter Greater New York City – a separate group – called for an “independent investigation” into the nation’s finances.
Cullors said her decision to quit was unrelated to controversy, but instead focused on her second book and a TV deal with Warner Bros.
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But some frustrated black mothers accused the organization of taking advantage of their “deceased loved ones.”
In March declaration, Rice joined Lisa Simpson – the mother of Richard Risher, 18, who was fatally shot in 2016 in Los Angeles – in condemning the Black Lives Matter movement for “monopolizing and capitalizing our fight for justice.”
“We never hired them to be the representatives in the fight for justice for our relatives murdered by the police,” the mothers wrote.
The mother of Breonna Taylor, a black woman from Kentucky who was gunned down by police in a raid on her home, said the group’s national reputation had yet to help her after her daughter’s death.
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“I have never dealt personally with BLM Louisville and personally have found it to be a fraud,” Tamika Palmer wrote in an April Facebook post, The Post reported.
The Facebook post has since been deleted.
Fox News was unable to immediately contact the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation for comment.
Thomas Barrabi contributed to this report.