A student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga was arrested on Thursday and a video of him being taken down by police has gone viral, sparking controversy over the arrest.
Cole Montalvo was wrestled to the ground and arrested after he rode his bicycle into a neutral zone set up between a female evangelist and UTC students near the University Center, according to The Chattanoogan.
The Huffington Post reports that the 24-year-old Montalvo was arrested when he attempted to rebuke Angela Cummings, a woman who is not a student but has been open-air preaching at the UTC campus recently.
Montalvo was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstruction of justice and inciting a riot.
“Due to some mishaps of the last visit from the evangelist, a perimeter was set up … to keep students from bothering or getting in the evangelist face/space,” UTC Police Sgt. Willie Trueitt, who arrested Montalvo, wrote in the incident report, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.
Montalvo was trying to get past the perimeter to speak to the preacher, and also attempted to ride his bike through the perimeter, the report states. Trueitt said he told Montalvo five times to get back before arresting him. Trueitt wrote that he sprayed Montalvo once with mace, but missed his face.
The Huffington Post also notes that the campus preacher routinely describes “how horrible we all are, how we’re living in our sins and will go to hell, and general condemnations against people of other races or sexual preferences,” UTC student Alyssa Fjeld told the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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