Tweet leaves local Black Lives Matter leader concerned, motivated

Savannah's leader of Black Lives Matter says this tweet was aimed at him and his members after they held an outdoor public meeting.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – “With the twitter post that we saw last week, it shows that racism is alive and well.”

Jomo Johnson founded Savannah’s chapter of Black Lives Matter in Summer 2016. Since then, he says he’s received a few phone calls and social media posts that he calls, “threatening” but when he saw a certain post on Twitter last week, he says a line was drawn.

The tweet came from the account name “Joe_Trucker” and said, “Never know when ya might run into a #BLM protest while out today in Jr. Murder capital #savannah GA. Should I go loud or subtle?”

Attached is a photo of four guns lined up on a table.

“Most threats you kinda brush off,” Johnson said. “You think they’re nothing but when people start posting pictures of guns you realize that it is a threat and it should be taken as valid.”

Shocked, Johnson reached out to the community for help.

“We just want to make sure that people who post those kinds of postings that’s in no way acceptable, it’s actually threatening in this day and age,” he said.

Savannah Alderman Van Johnson saw the tweet and reached out to the police for help.

“Words do hurt and we need to make sure that our police are taking it seriously and we are holding people accountable for the things that they say,” he said.

WSAV reached out to the Savannah Chatham Metro Police Department to learn more about the tweet. A spokesman said that the department had received notification about the tweet and made the necessary officers aware but because the tweet did not specifically insight violence, the police are not able to easily prosecute the author of the tweet.

WSAV’s Meredith Stutz attempted to reached out to the person who writes from the account “Joe_Trucker” but found that the tweet and the account had been removed.

Still, Alderman Johnson is speaking out on the double-edged sword of free speech.

“The wonderful thing about America is we have the freedom to say what we want to say but, on the other hand, that’s one of our issues we have is people can’t say thing that are threatening,” he said.

While Jomo Johnson is concerned and is asking the public to come forward with information about “Joe_Trucker,” he says this has just heightened the need for people to join the Black Lives Matter movement.

“We still have work to do to fight against people who seek to marginalize those who can’t speak for themselves,” he said.

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