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Facebooking While Brown: Indigenous Man in Arizona Imprisoned for Social Media 'Shock-Talk' about #BLM Protest



Facebooking While Brown:
Indigenous Man in Arizona Imprisoned for Social Media 'Shock-Talk' about #BLM Protest


By Civil Liberties Defense Center

Censored News

April 14, 2021

French translation by Christine Prat


PAGE, Arizona – Loren Reed, a 26-year-old DinĂ© (Navajo) man, is set for trial on May 4, 2021 for a trumped-up federal charge of "Threats to Damage and Destroy a Building by Means of Fire" after he engaged in a heated debate over Black Lives Matter protest tactics[1] in a private Facebook chat group created to organize a local police brutality protest.

Reed has been held in federal pretrial detention without bail for ten months after a prior high school acquaintance reported him to the police for a different satirical social media post about planning a protest or 'riot' at the courthouse that never actually happened.