Editor’s Note: Tee Fansofa and Ayotunde Ikuku use the pronouns they, them and theirs.
An activist needs several medical procedures following severe injuries from rubber bullets and tear gas can from Los Angeles protests.
Tee Fansofa was reportedly at the intersection of J and 21st streets on May 30 at around 11:30 p.m. when the Sacramento, California activist was hit with a tear gas canister and six rubber bullets, three of them to the head, by police trying to disperse the crowd, according to FOX40.
“I was supporting my comrades and friends who were protesting, not rioting or looting,” Fansofa said in a YouTube video.
Fanfosa added they were passing out “water and snacks” and were looking for their friends, passing the scene for five minutes.
“They [police] were just lined up shooting rubber bullets toward the crowd, tear gas cans, directly into the crowd,” Fansofa said.
In the video, Fanfosa showed their face injuries and marks left by the two rubber bullets and the damage to their eye.
“Tee will soon be going into surgery and we know that medical operation costs will be a huge financial burden,” Liz Blum, who organized a GoFundMe campaign for Fansofa, said in the post. “Their hospital stay alone is already at least $6,000 a night so far and they do not yet have insurance.”
Ayotunde Ikuku, another activist, said they were out on the streets protesting against authorities’ use of excessive force.
“Rubber bullets are so strong and so lethal, we have people who were shot in the eye and currently blind,” they said. “Tee’s eye was injured but luckily they’re not blind that they have function in both of their eyes.”
Fansofa said they attended the protest to support protestors demanding justice for the victims of police brutality, including the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many more.
“I was doing my last drop off of like snacks, water, and whatever else people needed while they were protesting in the streets,” Fansofa said. “By the time I got there, people were everywhere, there was smoke all over the place.”