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Black Lives Matter activist — who said 'the police is no different from the KKK' — shot in head in London

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Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson joins anti-racists at a London protest on Dec. 11, 2020, after a video of a police officer appearing to strike a black teenager in the head outside went viral. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty Images)

Prominent Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson was left in critical condition after being shot in the head in London, her political party told BBC News.

What are the details?

The Taking the Initiative Party, which Johnson helps lead, told the network she was taken to intensive care with life-threatening injuries after being "brutally attacked" early Sunday.

The party told BBC News that the attack followed "numerous death threats."

However, police said there was no evidence yet that the attack on the 27-year-old was targeted or that she received credible threats, the network added. BBC News also said they have not confirmed her identity.

Imarn Ayton, a friend of the victim, told the network that Johnson had been at a party or gathering when she was shot but did not believe she "was the intended victim."

"As far as I am aware ... this incident is more related to rival gangs as opposed to her activism," Ayton added to BBC News.

Detective Chief Inspector Jimi Tele said: "This was a shocking incident that has left a young woman with very serious injuries. Our thoughts are with her family who are being provided with support at this terribly difficult time," according to the network.

'The police is no different from the KKK'

As it happens, Johnson was caught on video last year giving a speech during which she noted that "the police is no different from the KKK."

She also said police "stand around and protect statues and buildings instead of people" and that "we need a black militia."

"We need our own political party," Johnson also declared, adding that the "back of racism is capitalism."

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What else do we know about Johnson?

BBC News said Johnson organized a Black Lives Matter protest last summer and has been a leading figure in the Black Lives Matter movement in the United Kingdom.

According to her Taking the Initiative Party's manifesto, it describes itself as aiming "to create real change in communities across the UK by setting the agenda in government," the network said.

The party said in an Instagram statement that Johnson is a mother of two and a "powerful voice" who had always been fighting for black people and against the injustices that affect the black community, BBC News said.

Black Lives Matters UK said it was shocked by the shooting of "a young mother and fearless political campaigner who was at the forefront of many BLM protests last summer," the network said — and that while Johnson isn't part of BLM UK, "she impressively founded a new Black-led political party and was dedicated to resist anti-Black racism."

The group added that "any attempt to intimidate or silence her is an attack on all of us," BBC News said.

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