The program director of an influential liberal activist group was arrested last week in connection with the alleged cover-up of a deadly crash that killed a six year-old girl and her four year-old sister last month.
Sources tell "The Dan O'Donnell Show" that the woman, who serves as political director for Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC), was taken into custody on suspicion of helping her son--the accused hit-and-run driver--conceal his vehicle in an attempt to avoid arrest.
"The Dan O'Donnell Show" is not naming her because she has not yet been criminally charged.
Daetwan Robinson, 19, was charged Friday with six felonies in the hit-and-run crash that killed six year-old A'Lisa Gee and four year-old A'Mea Gee and injured their 10 year-old cousin, Drevyze Rayford at the intersection of N. 22nd St. and W. Center St. October 24. A'Lisa was pronounced dead at the scene, while A'Mea died of her injuries several days later. Drevyze was treated for serious injuries and released from the hospital last week.
According to a criminal complaint, Robinson was driving at a high rate of speed through the bicycle lane and swerved around several cars stopped at a red light when he struck the children in the crosswalk as they attempted to cross the street. He fled the scene and hid his vehicle in his garage and attempted to change its appearance by removing window tinting and spray painting portions of its exterior.
A Milwaukee Police officer, acting on a tip, tracked the car to Robinson's garage and matched it to a piece of a bumper that fell off at the scene of the crash.
Multiple sources say investigators are working to determine whether the woman helped her son hide his car. The Milwaukee Police Department would not confirm her arrest because she has not yet been criminally charged.
"There's evidence that she knew about the incident and subsequent efforts to cover it up before her son was arrested," one source said. "Investigators are trying to figure out how active her role was, but they are certain that she knew about the accident."
BLOC is a highly influential voter turnout and liberal activist group that has canvassed for and met with nearly every prominent Democrat in the Milwaukee area, including Governor Tony Evers and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Democratic presidential candidates Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, and Julian Castro, and former candidate Beto O'Rourke have all met with BLOC in recent months.
Robinson and several of his brothers work for BLOC, and just three weeks before the crash, Robinson was named BLOC's "Ambassador of the Week."
"Daetwan is the youngest ambassador in the program this year," BLOC said in a Facebook post. "Recently we were able to watch him graduate from high school and he has continued to grow and evolve into the Ambassador he is today. He is incredibly loyal to his fellow ambassadors and shines when he is with the rest of the team."
On the day of the crash, Robinson, his mother, and several other members of their family were featured in a Washington Post article on BLOC's get-out-the-vote efforts in Milwaukee.
"Thirteen months before the next presidential election, national Democratic leaders are once again talking about black voter turnout," The Post noted. "But in battleground states such as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan — which all flipped to vote for Trump after decades of backing the Democratic presidential nominee — the task of doing something about it has often fallen on local activists such as [BLOC executive director Angela] Lang.
"With the help of local lawmakers and union organizers, Lang launched Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC) in November 2017 to focus on voters in Milwaukee’s most impoverished neighborhoods, places where paid canvassers for campaigns often don’t go because they deem it too dangerous or because many residents, with criminal records, are not eligible to vote. Persuading those who are eligible to participate in elections often requires addressing decades of neglect."
BLOC has not yet commented on either the charges against Robinson or the arrest of its program director.