CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - AUGUST 10: A Black Lives Matter banner painted by a student is seen at the exhibit honoring the student activists who were present during the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally at the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Special Collections Library in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 10, 2022.
Republican Virginia State Rep. Tara Durant is officially headed to the state senate. But is the story that launched her political career all smoke and mirrors?
Durant has always told a straightforward narrative about why she ran for office. She says in June of 2020, she and her daughter were accosted by an “angry mob” of Black Lives Matter activists, who surrounded their vehicle and “assaulted their car.”
According to documents obtained by the Huffington Post, police records characterize the protest as peaceful. In fact, records showed that there was a car being aggressive toward protesters in the same location as Durant’s car.
The 911 call obtained by the Huffington Post is even wilder. In the call, Durant threatened to hit protesters with her car. According to the Huffington Post, one person did get on the hood of her car, but it was a 13-year-old child who wasn’t affiliated with the protest and was in fact, reprimanded by protesters.
According to the Huffington Post, Durant then tried to bring charges against two teenagers for “assaulting” her car, but they were thrown out since one of the people wasn’t even at the protest. The other protester was found not guilty.
Durant’s campaign did not respond to the Root’s request for comment by the time of publication. But with the election only a few days away, this news certainly can’t have been a welcome surprise for them.
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