Latausha Nedd was arrested on September 24 after police obtained videos of her waving a gun and a machete around on camera and calling for “blacks to take police officer’s guns, take over police stations, and kill white people.” The Georgia #BlackLivesMatter activist thought because the judge was also a black woman that she would get off easy. She couldn’t have been more wrong!
Clayton County Magistrate Judge Wanda Dallas didn’t buy into the fact that Nedd’s racist rants and calls for insurrection were merely exercising her First Amendment rights to free speech. Why? It’s because this judge was looking to the law, not to the color of Nedd’s skin.
Judge Dallas pinned a $70,000 bail on her and said that charges against her which included criminal solicitation and terroristic threats should go forward.
Parts of Nedd’s video were released by Atlanta’s WSBTV.
Interestingly enough, Nedd’s father works for the Long Island, New York police department and testified, “”My daughter is no way a threat to—especially police officers.”
How does he know this? There is no way he could possibly know this! However, her actions and video say something different.
Nedd’s attorneys claimed that her video was not meant to go out over the internet, but was “hacked from an online video chat room.” Either way, the behavior she engaged in is criminal and not protected under the First Amendment.
Fellow activists have flocked to Nedd’s defense.
Project South, a “bottom-up movement building for social and economic justice,” according to its website, wrote on its Facebook page that “Latausha is a well-loved and committed community activist who has worked with several local organizations over the last eight to ten years. She is an artist, a musician, a singer, and an organizer.”
The statement continued, “if her words and expressions of rage are allowed to be understood as criminal or terroristic, not only is her life and well-being threatened, the future of our collective liberation faces deep, complicated challenges.”
Judge Dallas disagreed: “collective liberation” doesn’t justify waving guns into a camera while making threats to kill white people. And that’s good news for the rest of us whose lives also matter.