A prominent member and of the Black Lives Matter movement was shot and killed this week, but his death didn’t come at the hands of the police he so often railed against.
According to the New York Post, Muhiyidin Elamin Moye, who was also known as Muhiyidin d’Baha, died early Tuesday morning in New Orleans after suffering a gunshot wound to his thigh while riding a bicycle late at night.
Moye was an unofficial leader of the Black Lives Matter movement in Charleston, South Carolina, who had gained national prominence after a couple of high profile arrests as part of his activism. He was reportedly in New Orleans as part of a personal trip.
The New Orleans Advocate reported that Moye was found bleeding on a street in Mid-City about 1:25 a.m. Tuesday. He was rushed to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.
According to Charleston’s The Post and Courier, Moye appears to have been originally shot some distance away.
“Officers found him bleeding on the ground near a mountain bike, a report stated. They followed a trail of blood over several blocks until they found a bullet fragment elsewhere on Bienville Street.”
As of Wednesday, police had no suspects or possible motive in the slaying of Moye, though an investigation will continue. Moye’s shooting death came during a two-day stretch in which five people were shot, three of them fatally.
In all, some 25 people have been murdered in New Orleans thus far this year, one more than the mark at this same time last year.
According to The Post and Courier, Moye rose to prominence in the Charleston area following the 2015 shooting death of Walter Scott by North Charleston police officer Michael Slager.
He garnered further attention in 2016 when he was arrested for disrupting a North Charleston City Council meeting during which he demanded the formation of a special citizens review board to oversee police activity.
His demands eventually led to the creation of the Citizens Advisory Commission on Community-Police Relations, though the group wasn’t as powerful as Moye had envisioned because it lacked subpoena power and could do little more than make recommendations.
“He had a lot to offer,” North Charleston Mayor Keith Sumney told the Post and Courier. “I didn’t always agree with the mode in which he tried to offer it, but at end of the day, he had a chance to have a very good and bright future. I hate to see it wiped out.”
Moye had gained even more fame as an activist when he was caught on video being arrested after jumping over a police barricade to steal a protester’s Confederate flag at a rally on the College of Charleston campus in 2017.
A GoFundMe account was set up by Moye’s niece, Camilla Weaver, with the intent to raise funds to cover the costs of returning his body to Charleston and a subsequent memorial/burial service. That fundraiser quickly exceeded its goal of $7,500 and stood at more than $21,000 Wednesday afternoon.
To be sure, though we certainly disagree with much of the message and tactics employed by the likes of Moye and his BLM allies, there is no need to pile on the man or disparage him in his death.
All we can really say and hope for is that this incident will cause at least some BLM activists to pause and realize that it isn’t the police who are murdering unarmed young black men in horrific numbers across the country, but is instead the by-products of broken black communities that have been torn asunder by the disintegration of the family unit, a horrible education system, the entitlement mentality and the absolvement of personal responsibility over the past few decades.
All of those conditions are directly related to Democrat policies.
And have nothing to do with the police.
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