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DA files felony charges against Turlock BLM activist
Jaimee Ellison
Jaimee Ellison

The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office has filed felony charges against the Turlock co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement following an arrest on May 30.

Jaimee Ellison, 24, of Turlock is facing three felony charges – one for attempted rescue of a non-capital prisoner and two felony charges of resisting executive officer.

The incident that sparked Ellison’s arrest began around 2:30 a.m. May 30 when Turlock Police officers were dispatched to the 100 block of W. Main Street for the report of a vandalism. While at the scene the officers were told about an individual in a nearby vehicle that was believed to have a firearm, according to the police department.

The driver of the vehicle, Swede McDaniel, 34, of Modesto, was on Post Release Community Supervision and was searchable. In the vehicle officers saw the handgun on the seat he was sitting in.

Swede McDaniel
Swede McDaniel

According to the police department, as they were attempting to conduct the investigation Ellison, who was a bystander, began yelling at the officers. When the officers took McDaniel out of the vehicle Ellison allegedly started to physically intervene.

Ellison allegedly pushed two separate officers multiple times; one strike forced a piece of the officer’s equipment to hit him in the lip, causing a small injury.

TPD said they gave Ellison repeated warnings and told her she was under arrest, but she resisted when they attempted to take her into custody.

McDaniel is being charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm; possession of ammunition by a prohibited individual; and carrying a loaded firearm in public.

Ellison is currently out on bail and has an arraignment scheduled for Aug. 26 in Stanislaus County Superior Court.

McDaniel remains in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail and has a preliminary hearing set for July 7.