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Crime Frank Cavalluzzi, who allegedly waved a four-bladed glove at Black Lives Matter protesters, indicted on charges of trying to hit them with an SUV

06:25  15 april  2021
06:25  15 april  2021 Source:   cnn.com

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A New Yorker who prosecutors say yelled "I will kill you" at Black Lives Matter protesters and then allegedly drove an SUV onto a sidewalk toward them has been indicted on 39 charges , including nine counts of attempted second-degree murder, the Queens County District Attorney announced Wednesday.

Frank Cavalluzzi , 54, has been charged with attempted murder. On Tuesday he was seen driving on the sidewalk in Queens aiming at people. Footage shows Cavalluzzi threatening to kill protesters while brandishing knives. He tells onlookers: 'I'll kill you. Frank Cavalluzzi , 54, confronted protesters in the Whitestone area of Queens on Tuesday. Well-known to the police, and with a history of making threats on social media, Cavalluzzi is seen brandishing a knife claw and threatening the Black Lives Matter demonstrators before ramming his car at them .

A New Yorker who prosecutors say yelled "I will kill you" at Black Lives Matter protesters and then allegedly drove an SUV onto a sidewalk toward them has been indicted on 39 charges, including nine counts of attempted second-degree murder, the Queens County District Attorney announced Wednesday.

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No one was injured in the incident in Whitestone, Queens, on June 2, 2020, which allegedly included the man waving a four-bladed glove at protesters.

Frank Cavalluzzi, 55, is also charged with nine counts each of attempted assault in the first and second degree, one count of reckless endangerment in the first degree, nine counts of menacing in the second degree, one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree and reckless driving, District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a statement.

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Police initially arrested 54-year-old Frank Cavalluzzi , a Flushing resident, charging him with multiple counts of reckless endangerment, menacing with a weapon, and criminal possession of a weapon. But Katz later upgraded the charges to include attempted murder. “The kids [were] just calmly protesting by just placing signs and posters, all of the sudden the guy started insulting them and the kids just started talking back defending their beliefs,” Agudo told the Eagle. Cavalluzzi — behind the wheel of an SUV whose plate has racked up eight violations since 2018, including two for speeding in a school

“The message they ’re trying to send is, ‘You need to get out of the street and stop these protests,’” Ari Weil, a terrorism researcher and the report’s author, told NPR. At least 20 people face prosecution for the attempted assaults, including a state leader of the Virginia Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists. But an investigation by the Intercept found the Trump campaign falsely portrayed Black Lives Matter protesters who acted legally to stop a looter threatening violence as dangerous thugs plotting to “unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities” in two separate ads.

"The defendant in this case became enraged when he spotted Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrating in the neighborhood," Katz said. "The moments that followed were sheer terror for the victims. As alleged, the defendant donned a glove made of knives -- something resembling a horror movie prop -- and chased the peaceful protesters on foot. Then with people running for their lives, he allegedly stepped up the attack by getting back in his SUV and tried to run the victims over with the nearly two-ton vehicle."

Cavalluzzi pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on bail, his attorney Ed Muccini told CNN.

Muccini said his client is innocent until proven guilty and expects the case to go to trial. He also said he believes the case is over-charged.

If convicted, prosecutors say Cavalluzzi faces up to 25 years in prison for each of the nine alleged victims.

Cavalluzzi is scheduled to be back in court on May 5.

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