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Parents of teens who shot at cops blame Black Lives Matter movement

August 5, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Parents of teens who shot at cops blame Black Lives Matter movement

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The parents of two teens, who are in jail after they fired bullets at a group of cops, are blaming Black Lives Matter for their sons’ behavior.

According to the Daily Mail, 17-year-old Marquell Rentas, and his cousin, 18-year-old Trenton Nace, were caught on Friday after Pennsylvania officers were under siege for 45 minutes when they responded to an emergency call from someone claiming they heard gunshots.

No officers were injured or shot during the incident.

Eventually, law enforcement officials gained entrance into the house and arrested the two teens. Court papers allege that Marquell told the cops: “I’m the one who did it, I’m the one who shot. My cousin didn’t do it.”

As police loaded the suspect into the back of their car, Marquell told them: “I ain’t no p***y, I was shooting at you. F*** you, police.”

The suspect’s mother, along with Trenton’s father, have both said in separate interviews that this is the fault of a campaign that they claim seeks out people to attack law enforcement officials.

In a joint statement, Marquell’s mother, Luz Rentas and Trenton’s father stated: “They are in jail for doing what Black Lives Matter wanted them to do: shoot at cops.”

A pastor and co-organizer of Black Livers Matter, Kevin Ressler, in Lancaster, P.A., said, “The truth is that these are two punk kids following the orders of an irresponsible organization, and now they’re gonna pay for it.” He continued stating that movement does not encourage violence, especially against police officers.

Ressler added, “It’s very important that people understand Black Lives Matter groups across the country, and particularly here locally, have been very vocal about it, do not support violence. No Black Lives Matter organization, or group across the entire country, has supported violence as a means to an end, or shooting, or attacking, or targeting police officers at all.”

According to the police report, officers were sent to investigate a “shots fired” claim on Friday at approximately 3:25 am. The first two cops on the scene realized that someone was opening fire on their patrol vehicles, at which point more officers were dispatched to the scene.

Marquell was named as a “potential suspect” by police authorities, who learned that he was staying at the house from which the gunfire came from, after interviewing his mother, Luz.

A family member of Marquell,  Joshalyn Rentas permitted investigators to access the home.

Police found Marquell upstairs next to a “caliber scoped rifle” and “multiple spent shell casings.”

Trenton was located in another room with no weapon, but the police report suggests that “live rounds and empty shell casings were found in his front right pocket.”

The two suspects have both been charged with aggravated assault, assault of law enforcement officers, multiple counts of attempted homicide of law enforcement personnel, and counts of conspiracy to commit each of these crimes.

Additionally, Marquell was also charged with possessing a firearm by a minor, however, he will still be tried as an adult.

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