A prominent BLM activist who played an instrumental role in the anti-racist demonstration last year has been shot in the head in London, early Sunday. She has been admitted to the hospital in critical condition.
Sasha Johnson, 27, is a prominent leader in Black Lives Matter demonstrations last year and was considered the backbone of Britain’s BLM movement. She founded the ‘Taking the Initiative Party’ (TTIP) recently and was also a member of its executive leadership committee.
According to her political party; she had received several death threats recently.
Black Lives Matter UK in a tweet said: “It expresses our shock and solidarity over the shooting of Sasha Johnson. A young mother and fearless political campaigner who was at the forefront of many BLM protests last summer.”
According to the London Metropolitan Police Force, a 27-year-old woman was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after being shot in the head in the South East London vicinity. The police reported that the shooting incident took place nearby a house where a private party was being held. The officers were notified of gunshots around 3 a.m. in the Peckham area of the city.
Sasha Johnson’s political party has appealed to the people for her speedy recovery. The Taking The Initiative Party released an official statement, stating that Sasha had sustained a gunshot wound in her head and has been taken into intensive care as her condition remains critical.
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Tele stated that the Met’s Special Crime Command branch is investigating the case and have asked the public to come forward with any possible evidence or clue. The detectives are working tirelessly to identify the people behind this bloody shooting. So far no arrests have been made in connection with the incident. The motive behind the killing is still unknown, whether it was political or personal.
Sasha Johnson, a mother of three, was active both politically and socially as she used to deliver groceries and food to the needy people of the community. She was also the founding leader of Taking the Initiative Party (TTIP) – the first black-led political party of Britain.
Numerous politicians expressed their grief over the reckless shooting incident. Claudia Webbe, a Member of Parliament from Leicester, tweeted to express solidarity with the family and friends of Sasha. She also called the shooting “shocking,” as the roads of Britain should be safe for all women.
Webbe stated in a separate tweet that gun violence is rapidly increasing and is affecting all communities in Britain. The bullet doesn’t discriminate among black or white or genders. People of Britain are being introduced to a new culture which is “fear”, this needs to stop or else the society will suffer.
Sasha’s family and friends are hopeful of her bouncing back to life, claiming that she is a powerful and strong voice for the black community and the BLM movement rose to the momentum by her efforts.