Another Black Lives Matter (BLM) leader is now under investigation after dozens of allegations have surfaced of sexual abuse, rape, harassment, and “inappropriate behavior” from several members of his community.
Denver school board member Tay Anderson, who is also a leader of Denver’s Black Lives Matter chapter and a staunch anti-gun activist, is denying the allegations against him, but has stepped aside from his duties while the investigation continues. Among his accusers are 62 high school students and illegal aliens in the DACA program, at least one of whom is as young as 14.
Anderson released a generic statement in a post on Twitter, which does not address any of the accusations, and doesn’t even admit they were made specifically against him:
Statement from Director Anderson: pic.twitter.com/xafuE8YJwB
— Tay Anderson (@TayAndersonCO) May 29, 2021
The BLM leader also denied the allegations during a press conference:
An outside firm has been hired by Denver Public Schools to conduct the investigation after they were informed that a woman reported to Black Lives Matter 5280 that Anderson had sexually assaulted her.
The Denver Post reports: “Denver parent Mary-Katherine Brooks Fleming testified before a Colorado legislative committee that 62 young people, nearly all of them current Denver high school students, came to her starting in August seeking help and protection from a specific man ‘in a position of trust.’ She said they had experienced abuse ranging from unwanted touching to violent rape.”
According to Fleming, sixty-one of these accusers lacked documentation or were DACA recipients.
“Those who came to my home didn’t have health insurance, couldn’t afford emergency rooms, and even if they could, they wanted to avoid mandatory reporters for fear that such an interaction could jeopardize their family,” Brooks Fleming said in a testimony in front of the state House Judiciary Committee. “It is horrifying to realize that someone had preyed on these children, knowing their silence was guaranteed.”
Investigators from the Denver Police Department have spoken with Fleming, but have not been contacted by any of the victims. “If someone is a victim, we encourage them to contact Denver Police,” Jay Casillas, a department spokesman, wrote in an email to The Post.
Anderson has referred all questions to his attorney, Christopher Decker, who has denied the allegations on behalf of his client.
“Nothing is worse or more unacceptable than the harm caused by sexual assault upon our children, or the related harm caused by not believing those who have been victimized in this way,” Decker wrote in a statement to the Denver Post. “This is also why false assertions of these horrible crimes act to cheapen and diminish its importance. It is because of these two truths that responsible people and organizations must carefully investigate such inflammatory claims completely, and with an open and fair process.”
Mary-Katherine Brooks Fleming, an active member of Denver’s social justice community who has volunteered at Blue Bench, a nonprofit organization that helps sexual assault victims, shared her testimony on Twitter:
Rapist in Denver Public Schools, Testimony on SB21-088 https://t.co/eSI5pr1qsv
— Coach MK👟/Your Protest Mom ❤️🍪🥛 (@CoachMKFleming) May 26, 2021
Black Lives Matter 5280 released this statement regarding Anderson’s alleged abuse within their organization:
“In late February, a woman came forward to BLM5280 alleging that Director Tay Anderson is the perpetrator of her sexual assault. At the request of the alleged survivor, we are publicly sharing this information in hopes of ensuring her and all of our safety and well-being. We trust that our supporters and community partners, as well as Dir. Anderson’s supporters and community partners, will be mindful of the struggle in outing oneself as a survivor of sexual assault; particularly when bringing allegations forth against a person in a position of power and influence. As such, the alleged survivor has requested to remain anonymous at this time. Please respect her boundaries.
At present, the alleged survivor’s only requests of Dir. Anderson are that he issue a public apology and seek help from a licensed professional with relevant expertise. The alleged victim’s requests are in alignment with restorative justice—one of our guiding values as a chapter. Bear in mind that although these allegations have not gone through a formal legal process, BLM5280 is fiercely committed to protecting, uplifting, and believing Black women, decidedly as it relates to sexual violence. When we say protect Black women this must entail calling in those who have allegedly caused harm, including elected officials. Until Dir. Anderson has accounted for himself in these ways, he will not be welcome to share space with BLM5280 physically or on any of our platforms.”
Of course, the BLM leader is not only denying the allegations, he is also attempting to claim victim status. According to Anderson’s attorney, he believes that this is all the fault of “a known racist criminal web hacker” who “claims (to me and others) to have orchestrated these false allegations against Director Anderson.”
“On behalf of Director Anderson, I ask only for a responsible and thorough investigation of these concerning matters and assure the public that if that is done, he will be cleared of any and all wrongdoing,” Decker added. “The only thing worse than sexual assault on children, or the denial or coverup of the same, is weaponizing false claims of sexual assault and irresponsibly publishing or concluding it has happened when it has not.”
The Bottom Line
It’s not surprising to see another BLM leader under investigation for illegal activity, though the number of accusers in this case is shocking. This terrorist group seems to attract the wrong sort of people, which is something conservatives have been pointing out for a long time. It is extremely concerning that this person has such easy access to children and has not been caught in the act before. Exploitation is a key component of Black Lives Matter, and it seems that they’ve branched out into using it for reasons other than manipulating the left into supporting violent riots. If these allegations are true, Anderson belongs in prison for a long time.