An 18-year-old man has been charged with conspiracy to murder over the shooting of Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson, who remains in a critical condition in hospital, the Metropolitan Police said.
Cameron Deriggs, of Lewisham, will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday after Ms Johnson, the 27-year-old self-styled ‘Black Panther of Oxford’, was shot in the head in Southwark.
Deriggs was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the incident on Sunday morning, along with four other males who on Friday were released on bail until a date in early June, Scotland Yard said.
Ms Johnson, an Oxford graduate and mother-of-two, was at a party in the back garden of a home in Consort Road when four men in dark clothing burst in and shots were fired. She remains in a critical condition in hospital.
Detectives continue to appeal for anyone with information to come forward by calling police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 and providing the reference 1172/23MAY.
It comes as it was revealed Ms Johnson’s car was vandalised four weeks before she was shot in the head as her political party has accused the Met of ‘underestimating the severity’ of the incident.
Taking the Initiative Party continues to reject the idea that Ms Johnson was caught in the crossfire after the Met issued a statement asserting that there was no evidence she was ‘targeted’.
Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson joins anti-racists, community activists and school children at a protest against police violence as they march from Park View School to Tottenham Police Station, December 11, 2020
An 18-year-old man has been charged with conspiracy to murder over the shooting of Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson, who remains in a critical condition in hospital, the Metropolitan Police said
Sasha Johnson, at a meeting point in Hyde Park in London during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in June 2020
Metropolitan Police officers are pictured at the scene of the house in Peckham where Sunday’s shooting happened
A vigil held in Ruskin Park, South London by friends and supporters of Sasha Johnson
Pictured: Police have sealed off the property in Peckham, London, and put up metal shutters to block access to the front garden, where Sasha is most likely to have been hit by a bullet meant for someone else according to police investigators
The radical BLM campaigner who has called for a ‘race offenders register’ and marched in military-style outfit
June 13, 2020 file photo Sasha Johnson, of the Black Lives Matter movement attends a protest at Hyde Park in London
Ms Johnson played a leading role in the summer BLM protests, including the Million People March, and rose to notoriety shortly before when videos showed her confronting a black man she was arguing with and repeatedly calling him the racial slur ‘c**n’.
The 27-year-old is now an executive committee member of the new BLM-inspired Taking the Initiative Party, in charge of activism.
She is also a UK representative of the Black Panthers Party – modelled on a far-Left sub-set of protesters who campaigned against police brutality in 1960s America.
Ms Johnson, a Ruskin College graduate who studied in Oxford, has campaigned for statues to be removed and is part of the secretive group Forever Family Force.
Footage on Instagram shows her parading with female FFF members in military-style garb during a march in Brixton earlier this year for African Emancipation Day.
Ms Johnson, a youth worker and cafe owner, has called for the establishment of a ‘black militia’ in the UK. In a video posted in July, she compared the police to the Ku Klux Klan and dismissed ethnic minority politicians David Lammy, Priti Patel and Sadiq Khan as ‘tokenistic’.
The mother of two also led chants of ‘f*** the police’ and ‘one solution, revolution’ in a fresh campaign to remove the statue of Cecil Rhodes from Oxford University.