Photo: Tatiana Turner
Protests in Yorba Linda resulted in physical altercations, two people being hit by a car, and the arrest of two others.
On September 17, 2020, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department was notified about the upcoming protests. The protests, comprising of the group Caravan for Justice and a counter protest group, took place in Yorba Linda at 2 PM on September 26, 2020.
About 150 people were gathered at first. “Deputies were present at the beginning of the protests to protect the constitutional rights of all individuals and to protect life and property,” according to the release.
About half an hour in, however, fights among the crowd were being reported—including an incident involving pepper spray—inciting deputies to mandate a change of course for the crowd, which had grown to 250. “Due to the physical altercations and reports of individuals within the crowd having weapons, an unlawful assembly was declared and a dispersal order was issued,” the release stated.
However, many refused to comply with the several dispersal orders given. A 46-year-old Anaheim resident, Jason Mancuso, was one of them, which led to his arrest.
Things escalated even farther at about 3 PM, when a vehicle struck a man and a woman in the parking lot of the Yorba Linda Public Library. The driver, 40-year-old Tatiana Turner of Long Beach, continued driving out of the parking lot following the incident but was apprehended before she was able to flee the scene. Turner, who is believed to be associated with the Caravan for Justice group, was arrested for attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon and booked at the Orange County Jail.
The victims of the hit-and-almost-run were badly injured and taken to the hospital, but they are expected to survive.
“The Orange County Sheriff’s Department requested mutual aid, and multiple agencies from across Orange County responded immediately to assist. We’d like to thank the outside agencies who responded.”
The protests finally ended and the crowds dispersed by about 4:30 PM.