The fallout for the aptly and not sarcastically named Meatball, aka Dayjia Blackwell, for her livestreaming the looting in Philadelphia, PA, has been tremendous. She was arrested for her encouragement of the looters and participation. The 200k followers who tuned in had a front-row seat to the action. Now lawyer Jessica Mann is slapping down the race card with some false sense of authority.
“It sickens me to witness the media’s complicity in what can only be described as an all-out assault on black and brown people, as their character and actions are mercilessly vilified.” She then attempted to claim the police released the mugshot of Meatball “with tears streaming down her face and her hair a mess to satisfy your need to get ‘clicks’ and to sell a salacious story.”
She believes the narrative is being told wrong.
“The rightful story should be one of Dayjia doing nothing more than capturing the raw reality of public outrage when she streamed the events that occurred on the night of September 26, 2023, in Philadelphia. Yet, the media seems to have forgotten the underlying catalyst for her actions. It was the dismissal of all charges against Police Officer Mark Dial, who callously murdered Eddie Irizarry. Then, the Philadelphia Police Department, with lies and deceit, attempted to cover up the heinous act.”
According to Fox News, the livestream provided by Meatball showed her clearly condoning, encouraging, and physically participating with the looters as they ransacked stores and other locations. The livestream she made only ends when she is arrested and placed in the back of a Philadelphia PD car. A total of six felonies were levied against her. They included burglary, conspiracy, criminal mischief, receipt of stolen property, and disorderly conduct. She had bail posted for $25k.
The backstory to all of this comes from a judge dropping manslaughter charges being filed against a Philadelphia PD officer who shot and killed a driver. Armed with a knife, the cop flatly explained that he saw a black handle and assumed it was a gun and fired. No smoke and mirrors were needed; no horrible struggle ensued either. It was over just as simply as it began. When the defense suggested charges should have never been filed anyway, the judge agreed.
When news broke, the stereotypical demonstrations began. The narrative of mostly peaceful protestors didn’t hold up long at all. With the first window smashed, anything not bolted down was stolen. Cars were destroyed, businesses were ransacked, and many will now not be rebuilt. Many insurance companies are denying these acts of violence, just like they tried to back after the Watts riots over 30 years ago.
This means these store owners are now on their own to restore what they worked so hard to build. Even when insurance does pay out, it takes weeks, if not months, to undo the damage. Then there’s the lost time and profit while being shut down and trying to keep your workers for when you can re-open. It’s a horrific case when it happens, and with people like Meatball glorifying it, it will only get worse.
Inciting the police to come after her, she aimed her camera at herself and laid out the challenge, and later filmed herself taking a bottle of Hennessy with her. Once she got out, she tried selling merchandise through Instagram to help cover the massive costs heading her way. The $45 shirts and hoodies reading “Free Meatball” didn’t last long before being pulled, though, likely for a severe TOS violation.
For Meatball, she needs to learn why this isn’t racist.
She issued the challenge to the Philly PD. This is a city with a jail inside its football stadium, and it’s the city of Brotherly Love. They will quickly smack anybody down for breaking the law, and when you challenge them to come and get you, they will take that personally. That doesn’t make them racist, it makes them damn good at their job. If you want to push the narrative that you just went along with the crowd, they are being arrested too. Anyone who can be identified is being tracked down as quickly as possible.
Time to get back in school, Meatball. It’s obvious selling merch, or crime isn’t for you.