Frank Cavalluzzi, a New York man, has been convicted on multiple counts of attempted murder for attacking peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators in June 2020. He was found guilty of nine counts of attempted murder in the second degree, along with other charges, including attempted assault, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless driving.
During the incident a week after George Floyd's death, Cavalluzzi targeted BLM activists by attempting to run them over with his vehicle while wearing gloves fitted with jagged blades. He reportedly shouted racial slurs and threats at demonstrators. Prosecutors stated that after pulling over and confronting the group, he chased them with a bladed glove.
"You are in the wrong neighborhood," Cavalluzzi reportedly said, according to prosecutors.
Cavalluzzi's conviction could result in up to 25 years in prison for each count of attempted murder and is scheduled to be sentenced on October 13. His lawyer Michael Horn attributed the incident to mental health struggles.
"The world will see this case through a prism of politics, but I see it involving a single man with mental health challenges struggling to understand the evolving city where we live. It's a sad situation," said Horn.
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