Man who pulled a gun at activist who defended a BLM mural in California is charged with a crime and sentenced to three years in prison
- Joseph Osuna, 30, is said to have aimed a loaded revolver at a BLM demonstrator
- The BLM activists defended a partially destroyed mural
- Osuna has been charged with three firearm offenses and can face up to three years in prison
A California man can be sentenced to three years in prison for drawing a gun to a Black Lives Matter supporter in California.
Joseph Osuna denounced a group of BLM activists from his car before getting out and pointing a loaded revolver at one of the protesters, it is said.
The activists protected a Black Lives Matter mural in downtown Martinez after it was partially painted over by Donald Trump supporters.
30-year-old Osuna has now been charged with three firearms violations, including two crimes, the prosecutor reported Thursday.
Joseph Osuna (pictured after the July 5 confrontation) is charged with firearms after allegedly harassing a group of Black Lives Matter supporters
The meeting on July 5 came after two people partially damaged the Black Lives Matter mural in downtown Martinez, California (photo)
The BLM mural, with the movement’s name written in giant letters outside a local courthouse, was painted July 4 with permission from the city government.
However, it was destroyed the same day by a man and a woman who painted over part of the word ‘black’.
They were later identified as Nicole Anderson, 42, and David Nelson, 53, who was wearing Trump 2020 merchandise at the time.
The pair have been charged with vandalism and civil rights violations by a prosecutor who praised the mural as a “peaceful and powerful” symbol of the fight against racism.
The next day, July 5, a group of activists gathered to defend the mural and were reportedly harassed by Joseph Osuna as he drove by in his Jeep Wrangler.
Osuna reportedly shouted ‘All Lives Matter’ and made an obscene gesture to the group of activists, including a man who started following him on a skateboard.
Authorities claim that Osuna made a U-turn to confront the man before getting out of his car, pulling out a loaded revolver from the car, and pointing to the bystander.
Joseph Osuna, 30, was arrested after allegedly drawing a gun to a white activist guarding a Black Lives Matter mural
The threatened white activist (photo) remembered the incident on ABC7. He didn’t want to be called
‘He [Osuna] then made a U-turn, came back to me and aimed the gun at my face, ‘said the activist – who did not want to be named – ABC7 at that moment.
“Immediately an officer stood behind him and pulled him over. Thank God!’
The weapon was never fired, but Osuna was then pulled into his car and the revolver into his vehicle.
Prosecutors announced charges yesterday against Osuna, who is accused of unlawful firearms activity and owns a firearm that was not registered with him.
He has also been charged with the crime of exhibiting a hidden weapon in public, according to a statement by the Contra Costa prosecutor.
Osuna can receive up to three years’ imprisonment if found guilty.
Authorities later charged the two people (one of whom is shown) who partially painted over the Black Lives Matter mural