Monday, October 13, 2014

Dr. Cornel West Arrested During Ferguson Protests

Earlier today, Professor Cornel West was arrested while he was taking part in the "Ferguson October" protests in Missouri reports the YBF.  According to the St. Louis Dispatch, after a long standoff in the rain, Dr. West and about 15 clergy members were taken into custody.
The protest were organized in response to the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis Suburb by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson and Vonderrit Myers, also 18, who was shot and killed in St. Louis last week by a city police officer.
In addition to the clergy, about 600 people took part in the protest outside the police station, which began before 11 a.m. and ended shortly after 2 p.m.  Dr. West's group marched to the police station chanting, "Hands up, don't shoot." Rev.Michael Kinman, dean of Christ Church Cathedral downtown, told the paper that he was protesting because,
“Every person is a child of God, made in God's image, and as long as there are people who are not being treated with dignity and respect, we need to stand up for them.”
So far, neither Dr. West nor any of his representatives have made public comments about the reported arrest.