Leader of Black Lives Matter chapter charged with drunk driving, resisting police

SOUTH BEND, IN – The vocal leader of the South Bend Black Lives Matter chapter has been arrested for driving under the influence Sunday morning, according to Goshen police.

Jorden Giger was arraigned in Goshen City Court on misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and resisting law enforcement. Goshen city is about 40 miles from South bend.

According to police, a Goshen officer responded to the 100 block of E. Washington Street in Goshen around 12:30 a.m. Sunday to a report of a man slumped over the wheel of a vehicle.

The male, identified as Giger, allegedly refused to perform a field sobriety test, and police obtained a search warrant for a blood sample.

While at Goshen Hospital to have blood drawn, Giger became uncooperative, and police and hospital security had to hold him down for the blood draw, according to police.

The results of the blood test have not yet been disclosed.

Giger is a founding member and leader of the South Bend chapter of Black Lives Matter and has been active with the group organizing local events.

He helped organize protests in response to the deaths of George Floyd and Jacob Blake and has advocated for a police review committee and other justice reforms in South Bend.

The arrest for DUI was not the first run-in with the law for the 29-year-old activist. In October, Giger was charged with four felony charges related to attempting to disarm a police officer in New Albany, Indiana.

Court records report that police were called to a bar fight between two women. As an officer attempted to place handcuffs on one of the women, Giger allegedly grabbed the officer from behind and pulled him away.

Police reported that after Giger interfered, a large crowd inside the bar began encircling the officers and tried to prevent them from making arrests.

An officer was forced to deploy a taser on Giger during the confrontation, and Giger attempted to grab it from the officer.

The officer re-deployed the taser a second time, and Giger again tried to grab it from his hand.

According to the police report:

“Due to the extreme danger of the large crowd that had gathered and that were surrounding officers, I feared that if Giger were able to disarm me, he would pose an extreme threat to officers and others in the area. I then struck Giger in the face to distract him from trying to disarm me. Giger let go of my taser.”

After being tased a third time, police were able to place Giger into custody. He remained uncooperative during transport to Floyd County Jail. According to the police report:

“He (Giger) continued to yell and refuse orders to sit in the vehicle. Giger had to be forced inside my patrol car.”

In February, Giger opposed Indiana Senate Bill 198, which would increase penalties for protests that cause property damage.

The bill was introduced in response to more than 100 businesses across Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Lafayette that were damaged during Black Lives Matter protests that resulted in clashes with police in May.

Giger claimed that the bill would be used to target Black Lives Matter and other protesters of color:

“And it (the bill) drives home the point that Black life does not matter. That insured property matters more than Black lives.”

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Black Lives Matter chapter founder charged with felony battery of a cop, admitted to trying to smash his fingers

February 22, 2021

KENOSHA, WI – The founder of a BLM chapter based out of Kenosha, Wisconsin, has been charged with felony attempted battery of a law enforcement officer and misdemeanor disorderly conduct for his alleged role in the Kenosha riot from August 25th of 2020.

While much of the talk of Kenosha within the current discourse either relates to Jacob Blake or Kyle Rittenhouse, the serious riots that occurred in August where an unfathomable number of felonies were committed by malefactors seems to get glossed over.

Yet a criminal complaint was recently filed against 62-year-old Clyde McLemore, who touts himself as the founder of BLM’s Kenosha chapter, for his alleged conduct on August 25th.

According to the criminal complaint filed against McLemore, he allegedly attempted to lead a group – by force – into the Kenosha Public Safety Building while the mayor was inside tending to a press conference.

The criminal complaint alleges that both police officers and the Civil Disturbance Response Team were called out to dispel the crowd that had amassed outside of the PSB building.

One of the CDRT members, Officer Steven Winters, was reportedly trying to pull a door closed that the mob was trying to open up and breach at the time.

From what Officer Winters says of the incident, he was put into a position where he needed to grip the exterior of the door – exposing his fingers – in order to get better leverage to close the door.

That’s when investigators say that McLemore kicked the door shut, causing the officer to smash his fingers in the door. Furthermore, investigators say that McLemore had admitted that he kicked the door in order to “try and break the officer’s fingers.”

The reasoning as to why charges are coming up nearly six months after the alleged incident is unclear, but it may solely be related to when identifying evidence of the suspect became available to investigators.

Kenosha Police Detective Peter Falk was said to have been the officer who received the tip that McLemore was the individual behind the August incident, which police later found that McLemore had allegedly posted images of himself online from the incident – with even one of the photos being of him kicking the PSB door closed.

Despite the charges, McLemore’s Facebook activity was still live as of early February 22nd, with the suspect even providing Facebook commentary on his recent charges:

“Instead of filing criminal charges against the officer that attempted to murder Jacob Blake instead, Kenosha County Government District Attorney Michael Graveley chose to go after me for kicking a door.  It’s sad to see in America that a Door is more important than the life of a Black man or woman.”

If convicted of the charges in question, McLemore could be facing up to 3-years and 3-months in prison along with a fine of up to $6,000. 

 

 

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