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Local Black Lives Matter Leader Arrested For Shooting Of Two People

New Bedford, MA – One of the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement in New Bedford was arrested on Friday for a double shooting at a gas station in July.

Police arrested 24-year-old Tyrell Woodis-Pina and 29-year-old Giovanni Vale-Valentin in connection with a shooting that occurred at about 8:45 p.m. on July 26, WJAR reported.

Two men were shot during the incident at the Petro Mart on Cogshell Street, according to WBSM.

New Bedford police arrested Woodis-Pina and Vale-Valentin on Aug. 14 and charged them both with discharging a firearm and a host of additional firearms-related offenses.

A warrant has been issued for a third suspect who remained at large, WBSM reported.

Police are looking for 23-year-old Brian Ortiz who has warrants for numerous firearms charges.

Woodis-Pina is one of two people who manages the Black Lives Matter New Bedford Facebook page, according to the New Bedford Guide.

The page has 1,600 followers and Woodis-Pina has posted live videos to it multiples times.

Just three days before the shooting at the Petro Mart, he posted a video to the Black Lives Matter New Bedford page that claimed his girlfriend, Shakira Duarte, had just been unfairly arrested just because they were leaders of Black Lives Matter.

In the video, Woodis-Pina admitted that Duarte was wanted on multiple warrants but he claimed that the police chief had told them “nothing was going to happen.”

Woodis-Pina claimed in the video that police had targeted him and his girlfriend because they knew they were Black Lives Matter leadership.

Then he went on a rant against the New Bedford police chief whom he said had promised to put nametags on police officers because it hadn’t been done yet.

Woodis-Pina has been a visible presence at all the Black Lives Matter protests in the area, according to the New Bedford Guide.

The New Bedford Police Department press release about the arrests said Woodis-Pina had also been arrested for disorderly conduct on June 2 during a Black Lives Matter protest at the intersection of Rivet Street and Route 18 South.

The same day, the New Bedford Guide reported that Woodis-Pina had threatened their reporter with violence for covering the protest.

His girlfriend, Duarte, told South Coast Today that late in the evening, police ordered the crowd to disperse and then boxed in protesters who didn’t leave, South Coast Today reported.

She said they kept marching and “that’s when they started grabbing us.”

Duarte said police were arresting another protester in the crowd when her boyfriend volunteered to be arrested, according to South Coast Today.

“I’m putting my hands up and I’m getting arrested, too,” she claimed Woodis-Pina told officers.

Duarte said that both of the protesters arrested had been released early the next afternoon without charges, South Coast Today reported.

Woodis-Pina has talked about his leadership of the local Black Lives Matter group and participating in the protests on his personal Facebook page.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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