FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County police say civil rights activist Cornel West was among 13 people arrested during a protest at Ferguson police headquarters.
The former Princeton University professor has been in the St. Louis area for a weekend of protests, speeches and workshops designed to call attention to anger over police treatment of minorities.
West now teaches at New York’s Union Theological Seminary.He was arrested shortly before 1 p.m. Monday on a charge of disturbing the peace.
The Rev. Jamal H. Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, who has fought to keep the plight of Black males in the national spotlight, was also arrested in the Ferguson protest, according to his spokesperson, Nicole Kirby.
“He was arrested around 10 this morning, but released at 4 p.m.,” Kirby said, “from the St. Louis County Jail.”
County police said the protesters said they wanted to be arrested. Police said arrests were made after protesters began bumping officers’ shields and forced their way through the law enforcement skirmish line.
Ferguson is roiled by the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed, Black 18-year-old, by a White officer.
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