Activist Cornel West recently joined protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, with intentions of getting arrested in an act of civil disobedience. He was apparently successful as he was reportedly put in handcuffs and presumably arrested on Monday.
The “day of action” on Monday was “highly coordinated” and consisted of demonstrators “willing to get arrested,” according to Los Angeles Times reporter Matt Pearce. Protests over the officer-involved shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson have been relentless since the fatal incident took place in August.
"It’s a beautiful thing to see people on fire for justice, but I didn’t come here to give a speech. I came here to go to jail," West reportedly said on Sunday night.
Cornel West was in the first wave, think I saw him stumble to the ground as he pushed into the police line. I presume he's arrested.— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce)October 13, 2014
Cornel West arrested in Ferguson. pic.twitter.com/KCKWBDUheY— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) October 13, 2014
West was also spotted marching with protesters in Ferguson on Sunday.
In nearby St. Louis, seventeen protesters were arrested early Sunday morning after “attempting to storm” a convenience store and “throwing rocks” at police, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said.