Black Lives Matter Activist Who Snatched Accomplice Flag Killed In New Orleans

Black Lives Matter Activist Who Snatched Accomplice Flag Killed In New Orleans

Black Lives Matter Activist Who Snatched Accomplice Flag Killed In New Orleans

Moye, who also went by the name Muhiyidin d'Baha and was known to family and friends as "Moya", drew national attention for his activism after he jumped over a police tape barrier to take a Confederate flag from a demonstrator in Charleston in 2016.

Unfortunately, according to local media reports, d'Baha was been shot while riding his bike in New Orleans, at around 1am local time. It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting. Officials did not confirm whether they are seeking to look at any surveillance video, but say an investigation is ongoing.

The officer saw a traffic camera and a vehicle fix business's surveillance camera in the area, according to the police report.

D'Baha is best known for jumping into a crowd and trying to grab a Confederate flag that someone was holding during a heated protest in Charleston in February 2017.

The group had staged a protest outside of a College of Charleston event that featured North Carolina artist and activist Bree Newsome who, in 2015, scaled a flagpole to remove the Confederate battle flag flying over the SC statehouse.

DeRay Mckesson, a prominent figure in the Black Lives Matter movement, said Moye was a fearless man whose death is a big loss for Charleston and the movement.

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D'Baha's niece started a GoFundMe page in hopes of bringing her uncle' body back to Charleston for a funeral.

"He loved Charleston and loved fighting for what's right, " Weaver told the Charleston Post and Courier.

Pastor Alan Dixon told WCSC reporters that he organized the Tuesday vigil, and called d'Baha "one of the most charismatic people I've ever met in my life". "He was an asset to the Charleston community and will be greatly missed".

Moye was active in the movement for racial justice after the police killing of Walter Scott.

"The intellectualism, the fire, the desire, the motivation, the way he rallied people in the city was just second to none", Johnathan Thrower said.

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