BLM protester charged with attempted murder for shooting at innocent driver

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Jesse Taggart

How many unarmed passers-by were shot and wounded by the “domestic terrorists” who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in protest of the widely questioned 2020 presidential election?

None.

A man who drove through a Black Lives Matter protest in Provo, Utah in 2020 was shot and wounded, however, and a Salt Lake County man will stand trial for the attack, reports 2KUTV in Salt Lake City.

Jesse Taggart, 34, pleaded not guilty to the attempted aggravated murder charge, a first-degree felony, as well as to felony charges of aggravated assault, discharging a firearm, and riot. He was among people who were protesting “police brutality” in Provo in June 2020 when another group of people – demonstrating in support of police – showed up.

Taggart is accused of firing a handgun into an SUV that was attempting to pass through a crowd of protesters during the incident, but was being swarmed and prevented from going on its way.

The vehicle’s driver, later identified as Provo resident Ken Dudley, was hit in the arm and struck by fragments in his eye and abdomen.

Dudley is currently a candidate for mayor of Provo, and he points to the June 2020 shooting as a major motivator of his decision to run for office.

Police have said that Taggart participated in many of the media-fueled, racism-related protests in Utah cities last year and was identified “as one of the more active instigators of behavior that bordered on violence.”

The court found on Oct. 20 that there was enough probable cause to send Taggart to trial on all the charges filed against him. His next court appearance was to be Nov. 16, 2021.

 

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