Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed was arrested Monday night outside the Ferguson police station after she walked into the street and refused to return to the curb. In an interview following her release Tuesday morning, the St. Louis Democrat said she was sending a “message” to protesters that the fight for justice in the police killing of 17-year-old unarmed Michael Brown was not over yet.
“I wanted to send a message to all of the protesters that we have a long road ahead of us these next three weeks,” Nasheed said. “And it’s okay to protest. It’s okay to exercise your First Amendment right. It’s okay to go to jail for a cause. But it’s not okay to destroy communities. It’s not okay to burn down businesses. It’s not okay to protest violently in the name of Michael Brown.”
“We all want justice, but we don’t want violent protest,” she added.
In August, at the height of the unrest following the Brown shooting, Nasheed appeared on Fox News where she debated Megyn Kelly over St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch, who she believed should have recused himself in the case because his own father, a police officer, was killed in a shooting decades earlier.
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Bystanders captured video of police warning and ultimately arresting Nasheed. Watch videos below, via YouTube:
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