Lex Scott Steps Down as Leader of Utah’s Black Lives Matter Group

In this Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, photo, Lex Scott, founder for the civil rights organization Black Lives Matter — Utah, speaks to the crowd gathered demanding justice for the killing of Patrick Harmon, who was shot by police on Aug. 13, in Salt Lake City. The family of Harmon, a black man fatally shot after he ran from police, said that body-camera footage of the shooting shows that the officer should lose his job. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

The longtime leader of Utah’s most prominent Black Lives Matter group resigned Sunday and has moved to another state because of death threats.

Lex Scott began protesting as part of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2014, after Michael Brown was killed by police in Ferguson, Mo. She helped bring that movement to Utah, she said in an emotional goodbye video on a Black Lives Matter Facebook page.

“I gave it 110 [percent], guys. I gave it 110,” Scott said through tears. “I gave it everything.”

But, she said in a statement about her departure, “over the last month you know that I received death threats like a flood.”

Scott and her group were targeted after she said the American flag was “symbol of hatred” and anyone who flies it “a racist.”

The deaths threats aren’t new — the phone line for her organization specifically mentions any threats will be forwarded to the FBI — but Scott said she felt herself getting worn down by them, to the point she was on the defensive so much that she stopped living.

She said daily security protocols became a part of her and her family’s life, and she had to move her daughter’s bedroom for fear of her getting caught in a pipe bomb explosion.

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SOURCE: The Salt Lake Tribune, Paighten Harkins

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