Maya Echols, a model and Black Lives Matter activist warned that if former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin is not convicted for George Floyd’s death, the city will face more protests and arson. 

In a now-deleted video, Echols said, “If George Floyd’s murderer is not sentenced, just know that all hell is gonna break loose,” she said, adding. “Don’t be surprised when building are on fire. Just sayin’.”

On TikTok, the social media influencer, who is signed with IMG Worldwide, has almost half a million fans. 

Echols flaunted her “Black Lives Matter” face mask in another recent TikTok ad, which she liked to wear at her grocery store in a “predominantly white” neighborhood. 

“My new favorite guilty pleasure is going to the grocery store with this mask on,” she begins the video by removing her “Black Lives Matter” mask. “I live in a predominately white area …. and the looks I get from these conservatives are crazy, like y’all would be shocked. Like, the death stares I get. It’s so funny to me, though.”

“Like, I get so much pleasure out of seeing somebody upset because I’m saying my life matters,” Echols added. “Like, it makes me laugh. And then I just look at them dead in their face, and usually I’m taller than them, so I just look down at them, and I look them in their eyes, ’cause they’re not gonna say anything to me.”

 

Last summer, Chauvin and three other officers stopped and held Floyd down after learning that he reportedly gave counterfeit money at a grocery store in May. According to viral footage, when detaining Floyd, Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes.

Following the incident, several cities around the country had protested due to police officers’ perceived bias towards black residents. During the chaos, businesses were burned, and more than a dozen people were killed. Although some protestors denounced the brutality, some influential Black Lives Matter activists openly justified and appeared to encourage neighborhoods’ demolition.

Chauvin is reportedly on trial for second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Since the offenses are all separate, the former officer could be found guilty on all, any, or none of them.

According to The Associated Press, Chauvin is expected to serve “about 12 1/2 years whether he is convicted of second or third-degree murder” though he has no criminal background. The offense of manslaughter, which has the lowest presumption of evidence, has a maximum of ten years in prison.

At the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Chauvin is on trial, Floyd’s girlfriend, Courteney Ross, 45, testified tearfully. Ross said she met Floyd in 2017 at a Salvation Army shelter where he served as a security guard. Both became addicted to opioids after being administered them for pain.

During the testimony, Ross said she and Floyd used drugs on and off during their three-year relationship. She said they even took other people’s prescriptions as well as illicit medications. Ross took him to the emergency room in March 2020 because he was experiencing severe stomach pain, and she later learned that he had overdosed.

According to the prosecution, Floyd’s death was exacerbated by his illicit drug use and existing health problems, and the adrenaline pumping through his body rather than Chauvin’s actions. Fentanyl and methamphetamine were discovered in his bloodstream after an autopsy, reports the Daily Wire.