Posted on December 4, 2021

BLM Mob Accuses White Mother of Being the ‘New Kyle Rittenhouse’ After She Sent 50 of Them Flying When They ‘Attacked Her Car’

Melissa Koenig and Tommy Taylor, Daily Mail, December 1, 2021

A white NYC woman who plowed her BMW through 50 Manhattan BLM protestors last year has refused a plea deal and will now stand trial, even as protesters call her a female Kyle Rittenhouse.

Kathleen Casillo, 53, appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday after she was accused of driving into the pedestrians during the protest at the intersection of 39th Street and Third Avenue on December 11, 2020.

Casillo, of Howard Beach, Queens, has claimed the demonstrators had come up to her car and called her ‘a white privilege b**ch’ before banging on the vehicle. She told police at the time she had panicked and hit the gas as they started banging on the car and trying to pry open its doors.

Damage to the 2019 black BMW sedan is clearly visible in photos from the incident.

She was offered a deal which would have seen her complete six days community service, and have her license suspended for a year, but turned it down, meaning a jury will now decide the matter.

Casillo was issued no more than a desk appearance ticket for the incident and was released only hours after her arrest. Her 29-year-old daughter was also in the car at the time, but was not charged.

Casillo was also charged with reckless assault in the third degree on February 22.

She is now due back in court on January 28. has reached out to Casillo and her attorney, Oliver Storch, for comment.

BLM protestors also gathered outside of the court room on Wednesday as they awaited justice for Casillo’s actions.

She had been captured on video plowing through the demonstration last year which had left at least nine protestors wounded.

‘Last year on Dec. 11, Kathleen Casillo drove her car at top speed through a crowd of human beings. I was one of those human beings—I never saw her coming,’ Roque Rodriguez told AMNY.

‘She hit me flush from behind and set my body flying and flipping through the air and she kept driving.

‘It’s white supremacy that allowed Kathleen to believe she had the right to end the lives of anyone that got in her way, especially BLM protesters.’

‘It has been a very long year. Kathleen Castillo’s car left me with five bulging discs in my back and a traumatic brain injury,’ Tabitha Howell said.

‘It’s one thing to face physical recovery. It’s another to try to process what happened mentally and emotionally.’

The protestors had also chastised Assistant District Attorney Andrew Mercer as they believed he had given Casillo a ‘lenient’ charge.

‘Andrew Mercer neglected to follow up with seven of the nine people who were directly hit and impacted by this crime,’ Rodriguez added.

‘You’ve never spoken to them. He did no due diligence, and instead assumed that Kathleen did not have bad intentions and that no one else was seriously harmed.’

In a statement to AMNY, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office said: ‘Our office has attempted to speak with every victim in this case.’

But Casillo insists she was the victim, and says she only drove off after the protesters began attacking her car as she tried to move along a public road. She claimed at the time she panicked and hit the gas as protesters began banging on her car and trying to open the doors, the New York Daily News reported last year.

The group of protesters were holding a demonstration in Manhattan’s Murray Hill neighborhood to show support of those on hunger strike at an ICE facility in Bergen County, New Jersey.

Multiple people being held in the government facility have gone without food for four weeks now to draw attention to their poor treatment in the facility.

Video footage had captured the moment during the protest when Casillo then plowed her vehicle through the crowd.

The footage revealed a few protestors surrounding Casillo’s vehicle before the incident as a couple of them appeared to be banging on her car.

She had also claimed she did not remember hitting anybody when her foot was on the accelerator as she attempted to flee the scene.

Just one day after the incident, The City reported at the time, screenshots posted to social media show Facebook and Instagram accounts belonging to a Kathy Bell Casillo with posts supportive of then-President Donald Trump’s handling of the COVID pandemic and likes for a group called ‘I stand with Rudy Giuliani.’

The accounts had been deleted in the aftermath, but have since been reinstated, albeit without much information made public.

Her Facebook profile now just shows likes for pages about making September 11 a ‘MAJOR National Holiday,’ and putting the Twin Towers on New York license plates. She also follows a page entitled ‘Conservative Politics Today.’

Most of the injured protestors were taken to Bellevue Hospital to be treated for their injuries.

In the aftermath, a protester, Nicolle Besuden, was also arrested for interfering with an EMT rendering medical aid to one of the injured victims.

She was charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction of governmental administration, and was also given a desk appearance ticket.

She said in an email to the Gothamist afterward that she was helping an injured friend tell first responders to give him some space, as he was becoming distressed at the number of police responding to the site.

She claimed: ‘I would never stop medical professionals from assisting an injured person.’