U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley, a 2013 appointee of President Obama, has ordered Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones to “unban” two Black Lives Matter activists from his Facebook page, CBS News reports.
Jones contends that the activists have other ways to get out their messages and that their posts on his Facebook page could harm his campaign for elected office. Judge Nunley ruled that aside from their own outlets, the activists’ inability to post on Jones Facebook page is “a burden on their speech.” Tanya Faison head of Black Lives Matter Sacramento, cheered the decision.
“Finally justice is on the right side instead of the wrong side,” Faison told reporters. “There’s no reason for an elected official to silence the people who are considered their constituents and that’s what happened to us.” Sheriff Jones, for his part, has been a high-profile public figure.
In April of 2018, Jones announced the arrest of James Joseph DeAngelo, a former police officer responsible for rapes and murders across California during the 1970s and 1980s. He remained at large and the cases unsolved, but as Jones explained, “it was ultimately DNA that led us down the right road.”
On the other hand, Jones has been involved in controversy over Mikel McIntyre, a black man killed in a confrontation with deputies. The Sacramento County inspector general was critical of the action but did not find that the deputies acted improperly. Jones then locked out the inspector general from sheriff’s facilities, and that made him a target for Black Lives Matter.
Last year, the ACLU filed a complaint against Jones, arguing that his official Facebook page is analogous to a public forum. The ACLU maintained that Black Lives Matter activists Tanya Faison and Sonia Lewis experienced discrimination due to their viewpoint and identity. At this writing, Jones has yet to respond, and Black Lives Matter Sacramento has problems of its own with Tanya Faison, subject of a glowing Sacramento Bee profile in 2017.
In May of 2019, dozens of BLS members signed a letter denouncing Faison, whose leadership, they charged, “has created and maintained a pattern of wide-ranging harm and manipulation,” adding “collectively, we realize that it is time for this harmful dynamic to end.” The signatories posted the letter to Allies of BLM because Faison retained full control of the official BLM page.
Black Lives Matter Sacramento deployed in force after the police shooting of Stephon Clark in March of 2018. Police were responding to a call and Clark was holding an object police believed was a gun. Local establishment media portrayed Clark as a peaceful family man but his criminal record included arrests for robbery, pimping and domestic abuse.
Before any investigation could be completed, Black Lives Matter posted the message, “We need to HIT THESE STREETS,” and a mob at city hall chanted “Fuck Sac PD,” and “the whole damn system is guilty as hell!” Mobs blocked access to Sacramento Kings games, halted traffic on Interstate 5, and shut down a Sacramento city council meeting.
Terrence Mercadal, one of the officers involved in the shooting, is African American. In August of 2018, a Black Lives Matter mob crashed Mercadal’s wedding, yelling “murderer!” BLM boss Tanya Faison told reporters, “I think they need to be approached in spaces where they’re a little more vulnerable.”
Stevante Clark, Stephon’s older brother, became something of a celebrity in the Sacramento Bee, even after he was incarcerated on felony suspicion of threatening to commit a crime and assault with a deadly weapon, as well as misdemeanor counts of vandalism and calling 911 to harass or annoy.
District attorney Anne Marie Schubert declined to bring criminal charges against the officers. After reviewing the case, California attorney general Xavier Becerra concluded “no criminal charges against the officers involved in the shooting can be sustained.” Federal authorities also declined to pursue any charges against the officer.
By then, Sacramento Black Lives Matter members had denounced Tanya Faison, who refused to step down and according to news reports still leads Black Lives Matter Sacramento. By ordering sheriff Scott Jones to “unban” Faison, judge Troy Nunley, in effect, acts as Faison’s personal attorney. As it happens, Nunley is not the only Obama judge in California to deliver questionable rulings.
Federal judge Vince Chhabria, a 2013 Obama appointee, recently ruled that Jose Inez Garcia Zarate, the repeatedly deported Mexican national responsible for the death of Kate Steinle in 2015, suffers from “mental illness that is not presently being treated.” According to Chhabria, the criminal illegal is therefore incompetent to stand trial on federal gun charges.
In 2018, Obama appointee Jon Tigar blocked the Trump administration from denying asylum to those illegally crossing the border. Tigar previously gained fame for ordering California to pay for the sex-change operation of convicted murderer Rodney Quine.
Obama appointee Dolly Gee has refused to put a stay on California Assembly Bill 5, a frontal assault on independent workers that restricts freelance writers to 35 submissions, per publication, per year.