Trump Protester Arrested On Outstanding Felony Warrant


A community activist was arrested by police on an outstanding warrant while protesting Donald Trump's nomination at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Kathy Wray Coleman was arrested hours after the convention began on July 18, the Daily Mail reported. The anti-Trump protester was wanted on felony charges stemming from an incident in May 2015 in which she allegedly almost hit police officers with her car as she fled from a suburban Cleveland home.

Coleman, 56, reportedly fled from the home in University Heights, Ohio, after police were called to the property to investigate an open front door at a vacant house, WEWS reported at the time. Officers said they saw the woman running to a blue Chevrolet Monte Carlo parked in the driveway as they arrived.

According to a police report, Coleman nearly hit officers as she drove away from the home. She was charged with felonious assault, and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Police detained two men inside the house. 

Coleman, a veteran black activist in the Cleveland area, explained that she had fled because she "was harassed at gunpoint by five white University Heights policemen," according to WEWS. She said that one of the officers called her a racial slur.

Coleman added that she resided at the house at the time of the incident, although a mortgage company claimed ownership of the home, the Daily Mail reported.

Coleman was taken into custody on the year-old warrant after police spotted her at an anti-Trump protest outside the Republican National Convention, which began on July 18 and is scheduled to come to a close on July 21.

More than 5,000 police officers have been deployed to the convention to keep order. Protesters from all sides of the national political debate and culture war, including a group of Black Lives Matter activists, have gathered near the Quickens Loan Arena in Cleveland where Republican leaders are meeting for the four-day event.

Sources: Daily Mail, WEWS / Photo Credit: John Orvis/Splash News via Daily Mail

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