David Whitt, an African-American member of the activist group We Copwatch, says he was arrested in Ferguson, Mo., by St. Louis County police this morning.
Whitt claims he was on his bike when he stopped to film police meeting behind a store in preparation of the grand jury decision on Officer Darren Wilson who fatally shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9.
“I wasn’t blocking traffic,” Whitt told PhotographyisNotaCrime.com. “I had stopped my bicycle on the curb to record them and they came up to me in 20 seconds, telling me they were going to cite me for not wearing a helmet.”
“They started going in my pockets, I said, ‘You can’t go in my pockets,’” added Whitt. “They didn’t like me recording, but that’s what I do because they’ve been saying all kinds of lies about the protesters.”
Whitt says he was locked in jail for a few hours, but has been released. He promised to post video of his arrest at a later date.
Mediaite.com reports that Tory Russell, co-founder of the Hands Up United organization, urged police in Ferguson to keep calm when the grand jury announces its decision (video below).
“I am urging calm. I’m urging calm for the police officers to not pepper spray me, tear gas me, mace me and shoot rubber bullets,” Russell told CNN. “People need to urge the police to be calm. Stop hurting kids, stop traumatizing our communities.”
“Why don’t you keep calm and serve the communities?” added Russell. “I’m paying your bills, you need go ahead and do what I tell you to.”