On January 3, a cousin of Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, passed away due to cardiac arrest after being tasered by police officers in Los Angeles. Cullors is now falsely claiming that LAPD officers killed her cousin.
Keenan Anderson, a 31-year-old English teacher and cousin of Cullors caused a car crash last Tuesday on Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles. He then stood in the middle of the road and began “behaving erratically,” according to law enforcement. A traffic officer reported seeing Anderson “running in the middle of the street and exhibiting erratic behavior.”
LAPD officers tried to initiate a DUI investigation at the scene of the crash; however, as more officers arrived on site, Anderson tried to escape and avoid being taken into custody. He began to run away from the police officers who chased him down and reportedly struggled with him for several minutes before tasing him.
He was handcuffed and taken into custody. The Los Angeles Fire Department then “rendered medical aid for deployment of the taser,” according to a statement from the LAPD. Anderson was then transported to a hospital in Santa Monica, where he died.
In an Instagram post made by Cullors, who is a major supporter of the ‘defund the police’ movement, she claimed that Anderson was killed by the police officers, failing to share the entire story. Cullors posted a photo of her cousin and his six-year-old son, writing, “This is my cousin Keenan Anderson. He was killed by LAPD in Venice on January 3rd, 2023. My cousin was an educator and worked with high school-aged children. He was an English teacher.”
“LAPD has killed three people this year. One of them is my family member,” continued Cullors. “Keenan deserves to be alive right now; his child deserves to be raised by his father. Keenan, we will fight for you and for all of our loved ones impacted by state violence.”
In a separate statement, BLM Los Angeles released a statement criticizing the LAPD for this outcome, saying, “A minor traffic incident shouldn’t lead to death.”
Apparently, everyone is ignoring the fact that Anderson was trying to run away from police officers after causing a car crash while perhaps under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Last year, Cullors faced scrutiny after buying a $6 million mansion in LA with BLM funds, as well as paying her family large amounts of money, although she denied any wrongdoing.
BLM has been good to Ms. Cullors.
A post on social media by Anderson’s sister addressed her brother’s death and expressed a similar sense of injustice. ‘Keenan Anderson, my brother, was killed by LAPD, I truly believe,’ she wrote.