Two weeks after hosting a seminar instructing Baltimore’s black youth on how to survive police stops, Empowerment Temple pastor Jamal Bryant was arrested while protesting police brutality in Ferguson, Mo.
The Baltimore pastor joined faith leaders and other protesters in a march that began at a church and ended at the Ferguson police department. The Baltimore Sun reports that Bryant was “on the front lines” during the march. Bryant told the Sun that he and his fellow clergy called on Ferguson police to “repent for being an evil citizen.”
Bryant said he and others were arrested as they tried to enter the police department, despite informing the cops guarding the building of their intentions and receiving no reply. He tweeted upon his release later that day that he was “charged with assaulting police & disturbing the peace.”
Police claim the protesters said they wanted to be arrested and “started bumping police officers’ shields.” Bryant denies that account, telling the Sun: “In my heart of hearts, I did not think as clergy we were going to be arrested.”
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