FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 26, 2014
CONTACT: MORE Jail Support Team, 314-862-2249
MORE Jail Support Team Calls for Immediate Release of Arrested Ferguson Activists
Five activists remain in St. Ann Jail on 24- hour hold
Last night, seven activists were arrested at a peaceful march in Ferguson calling upon Police Chief Thomas Jackson to resign.
Around 11:30 p.m., the police detained seven activists, including St. Louis independent journalist Umar Lee. Taurean Russell, one of the group’s police liaisons, then approached the police to try to persuade them to release the detainees. The police agreed to release the detainees if the group moved onto the sidewalk. However, after the group moved onto the sidewalk, the officers reneged on their promise and took the seven activists to jail in St. Ann.
One activist was released early this morning after being taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained after being beaten by the police. He was not charged.
The MORE jail support team has confirmed that five activists are still in jail in St. Ann, where they have all been put on a 24- hour hold. They have not yet been charged. MORE condemns the actions of the Ferguson police and calls for the immediate release of the five activists left in jail. We also condemn the St. Ann police for cooperating with the Ferguson police who so clearly have a wanton disregard for their residents.
“MORE has been involved with numerous arrestable and non-arrestable direct actions in the St. Louis region,” said MORE Executive Director Jeff Ordower. “Never before have we encountered a police department with such a reckless disregard for the safety, health, and wellbeing of protestors or a blatant unwillingness to cooperate to release them. ”
Over 200 activists have been arrested in conjunction with protests calling for justice for Mike Brown. Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Mike Brown, is still walking free.