Useful idiot: Pro-#BLM journalist killed in Louisville protest

Useful idiots (definition): People who, unwittingly, are propagandists for a cause the goals of which they are not fully aware, and who are used cynically by the leaders of the cause.

Louisville Courier Journal reports that photo-journalist Tyler Gerth, 27, was a strong supporter of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and protests against racism and police brutality.

Night after night, Gerth snapped photos of the #BLM protests in Louisville, Kentucky, and shared the mostly black-and-white pics to Instagram, showing “the heartbreak, occasional triumph and tirelessness that have defined the month-long demonstrations: the marching, the singing, the hugging.” Blah, blah, blah.

See “#BlackLivesMatter isn’t about racial justice. Here’s the proof

On the night of June 27, 2020, Gerth was fatally shot at a #BLM protest in Louisville’s Jefferson Square Park, the unintended victim of a man who got in a dispute at the protest, came back with a gun, and fired indiscriminately, shooting bystander Gerth.

Gerth would have turned 28 on July 3. He had graduated from Trinity High School in 2011 and the University of Kentucky in 2016 with a degree in agricultural economics, according to his family. After working and living in Arkansas, he came back to Louisville, worked for Papa Johns in quality assurance and became serious about photography.

Gerth was a stellar mentor as part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana as well, according to agency CEO Jeri Swinton. “He not only believed in racial justice, like his father who is also a Big Brother, he put his passion into action by mentoring,” Swinton wrote in an email.

Tyler’s godfather is Joe Gerth, a Courier Journal columnist.

Tyler’s family said in a statement that they are “devastated that his life was taken was from us far too soon. Tyler was incredibly kind, tender-hearted and generous, holding deep convictions and faith. It was this sense of justice that drove Tyler to be part of the peaceful demonstrations advocating for the destruction of the systemic racism within our society’s systems. This, combined with his passion of photography led to a strong need within him to be there, documenting the movement, capturing and communicating the messages of peace and justice. While we cannot fathom this life without our happy, inquisitive, hardworking, funny, precious Tyler, we pray that his death would be a turning point and catalyst for peace in the city he loved so much. We ask for your prayers and that the Lord would draw close in our sorrow, but we also ask that his death is not just another statistic of senseless violence.”

NBC’s Howard Fineman tweeted that Gerth was “a hero” for being at the park “to stand against racism and to photograph history.”

Meanwhile, Gerth’s killer, Steven Nelson Lopez, 23, is facing charges of murder and first-degree wanton endangerment, Louisville Metro Police officials said Sunday after releasing his arrest citation.

Court records Lopez was one of 17 protesters arrested on June 17, and a Courier Journal photographer captured his arrest that day in a photo. He was charged that morning with inciting a riot, disorderly conduct, harassment and possession of drug paraphernalia. His citation noted he was in possession of a handgun “with two full mags of ammo” at the time of the arrest.

Ten days later, on June 27, Lopez returned to the “protest,” where he would shoot useful idiot Tyler Gerth to death.

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Anonymous
Anonymous
6 months ago

Also, family disowns son for not supporting BLM:
https://www.facebook.com/THEWTFFILEStm/videos/687550998644387/

Jackie Puppet
6 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

WOW – that’s really messed up! 😠 Godspeed to that young man – he will need God to help him get through life. Sounds like he got a good head on his shoulders.

One thing about family relationships, is that you can’t choose family. My family has its own dysfunctions, and my parents can’t understand how I support our President – by the same token, I can’t how they don’t.

I hope that kid’s family comes to its senses.

the truth of god
the truth of god
6 months ago
Reply to  Jackie Puppet

all this demagroguery is part of the master plan by the commies to take down america so as to bring in the NEW WORLD ORDER.

Kris
Kris
6 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a dsughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
And a man’s foes will be those of his own household.

Matthew 10: 35-36

Kelleigh Nelson
Kelleigh Nelson
6 months ago

Geez, guess these nutcases who promote the commie BLM and Antifa haven’t figured out that they are violent.

andre
andre
6 months ago

They think that because they are behind the “movement” that the bullets won’t touch them. So cool, so cool, until a person gets hit.

chemtrailssuck
6 months ago

I don’t know why they don’t call themselves “Neo-bolshevists”. Probably because they don’t know what bolsheviks were.

Jackie Puppet
6 months ago

Somehow, I don’t think that there will be any WhiteLivesMatter, PhotojournalistLivesMatter protests or riots or looting going on in the wake of Tyler’s death.

Hate to sound cold & heartless, but in the big scheme of things, Tyler’s life didn’t matter to those who take part in the same causes he did.

DCG
Admin
DCG
6 months ago

LMPD confirmed on Wednesday that Lopez reportedly took the handgun from another person at Saturday’s protest.”

Shocker, not.

https://www.wave3.com/2020/06/30/police-gun-used-by-suspect-jefferson-square-park-murder-taken-another-protester/

YouKnowWho
YouKnowWho
6 months ago

Give `em an inch and they’ll take a life.
Hope he was one those that who, has of yet, sewn his seed.

PvtCharlieSlate
PvtCharlieSlate
6 months ago

Just shoot Lopez and call it even.

MarkyMark
MarkyMark
6 months ago

Hahahaha, serves this libtard “journalist” right! My “give a f meter” didn’t budge for this guy…

chemtrailssuck
6 months ago

Big Brother is Watching You.

Eddie
Eddie
6 months ago

Tyler Gareth resembles Blake Shelton. (*_*)

Steven Nelson Lopez resembles Bob Marley. >.<

the truth of god
the truth of god
6 months ago

like the old saying live by the sword die by the sword