Philadelphia – The lawyer for a Philadelphia looter known as “Meatball” who livestreamed herself following a mob breaking into stores says criticism of her client is racist.
Fox News reported that Dayjia Blackwell, 21, filmed and followed a mob of looters as they broke into a series of stores last week, including at least an Apple store and a Lululemon. Blackwell broadcasted the incident to her 181,000 followers on Instagram, and police arrested her for encouraging the incident.
“It sickens me to witness the media’s complicity in what can only be described as an all-out assault on black and brown people, as their character and actions are mercilessly vilified,” Blackwell’s lawyer, Jessica Mann, wrote on Friday, going on to accuse police of posting Blackwell’s mugshot “with tears streaming down her face and her hair a mess to satisfy your need to get ‘clicks’ and to sell a salacious story.”
“The rightful story should be one of Dayjia doing nothing more than capturing the raw reality of public outrage when she streamed the events that occurred on the night of September 26, 2023, in Philadelphia. Yet, the media seems to have forgotten the underlying catalyst for her actions. It was the dismissal of all charges against Police Officer Mark Dial, who callously murdered Eddie Irizarry. Then, the Philadelphia Police Department, with lies and deceit, attempted to cover up the heinous act,” Mann wrote.
Throughout her stream, Blackwell is heard cheering on the crowd.
Blackwell’s livestream ended with her apparent arrest in the back of a Philadelphia police car.
She was charged with six felonies and her bail was set at $25,000.