A pregnant black woman in Michigan who pulled out a gun to defend her family from an attacker is serving time in jail and might have to give birth in prison, Vox reports.
Siwatu-Salama Ra, a 26-year-old environmental activist in Detroit, used her weapon to fend off an angry neighbor – with whom she had a dispute – after she deliberately crashed her car into Ra’s home while Ra’s two-year-old child was playing inside.
Fearing for her family’s life, Ra, a legal gun owner in an open carry state, pulled out an unloaded handgun and pointed it at the assailant, identified as Channell Harvey, who then fled.
Harvey snapped pictures of Ra holding a gun and went to the police station to file a complaint. Ra was charged with two felonious assault raps and was sentenced to two years in prison after jurors found her guilty.
Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, said Ra’s case was a clear injustice. The NRA has been silent on Ra’s gun rights being violated with no outrage on social media from the gun-rights group.
Ra’s case is currently under appeal, but a judge denied to postpone her sentence until she gives birth. She is expected to give birth to her second child in June.