Missouri State Senator Arrested In Latest Ferguson Protest
A Missouri state senator was arrested Monday night in Ferguson, Missouri in the latest round of protests over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager, NBC reports.
Jamilah Nasheed, a Democratic State Senator from St. Louis, was arrested outside the police station for walking and standing in the street in violation of a city ordinance, according to St. Louis County police.
[su_center_ad]Police say warnings were given to protesters, and specifically to Nasheed, to move out of the street.
Another person was arrested with the state senator, according to NBC.
Eric Vickers, a lawyer representing Nasheed, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the senator had refused bond. Vickers suggested that her arrest was intentional.
He said she “wants to present this as an alternative to any sort of violent action” referring to the potential for violence if a grand jury fails to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in August.
Not all of the protesters were thrilled with Nasheed’s appearance, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Tony Rice, a protester, said police had come out to ask protesters near the police station to stay out of the street and to tell them that there was a noise ordinance in effect at 11 p.m. He said protesters had stayed out of the street.
Videos he posted of Nasheed on Twitter under his user name, @search4swag, shows Nasheed walking away from officers with her hands up, as police come up to arrest her. She smiled as they fastened her wrists. A man behind her was also arrested, Rice said. He said the man was with Nasheed.
“She was the only one marching by herself and some dude she marched with,” he said. “All of us protesting have been here all day. Then she shows up maybe 15 minutes ago, starting this crap. She was not over here protesting with us at all.”
Hours after Nasheed’s arrest, activist Anthony Shahid was met with boos when he gave a crowd an update on the lawmaker’s arrest. Most of the protesters seemed unsupportive of the lawmaker.
Attorney Jerryl Christmas, who came down to the area after Nasheed’s arrest said, “She’s down with the struggle. These are her constituents. She’s one with what’s going on here and in the city.”
He added,“If somebody of her stature gets arrested, that ups the ante.”
@Search4Swag posted a clip of the arrest:
He is not impressed:
Jamilah Nasheed Dog and Pony Show is now over.
— Search4Swag (@search4swag) October 21, 2014