Statement on 7 Arrested Last Night from the Legal Support Team

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2014

Contact: Legal Support Team, 314-862-2249

7 Arrested in Ferguson Were Sitting in Cars, Some Were Dragged Out by Hair

**Arrestees are available for interviews.**

Two different groups totalling seven people, charged with failure to disperse, were arrested in Ferguson this morning at approximately 1:30am. Five out of the seven people were released this morning at 7am. The Legal Support Team picked the arrestees up from the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton and received the following report of how arrests happened last night.

The first group was comprised of five people who had been at the Justice for Mike Brown march earlier in the evening. After leaving the march, they went to the home of one of their aunt’s on Kirk Drive. They were sitting in their parked car in front of the house smoking a cigarette when a swarm of police officers dressed in fatigues and what the arrestees describe as “military garb” rushed the car, put guns in their faces, and began pulling them out of the car. Two young women were pulled out of the car by their hair, and one was dragged through the dirt. All were told they were resisting arrest.

The second group was comprised of two people who were sitting in a parked car in a parking lot. Police instructed them to pull out of the parking lot and go home. As they pulled out of the parking lot, police pointed a rifle at them and directed them into the street. Police told them to stop the vehicle. After they stopped, an officer shot a rubber or wooden bullet straight into the windshield, cracking it. The two people in the car then stepped out and were arrested.

The Legal Support Team continues to be concerned about the ever escalating militarization of the police and what seems to be indiscriminate targeting of Ferguson residents.  

“It feels like I’m not human. It feels like I’m being treated like an animal--being told when I can come, when I can go, what time I can be out in my own community outside of my own house where I pay the mortgage and bills,” said Cieara Delaney, one of the women arrested outside of the house and dragged by her hair.  

Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) is the community group that is currently hosting the collection of donations for the legal support fund. The legal support line for those who are in jail or who know those needing legal support is 314-862-2249. Donations can be madehttps://bitly.com/fergusonbailfund.

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commented 2014-08-20 22:42:08 -0500 · Flag
These coward ass pigs are trying to put fear in the citizens of Ferguson. Until they get a taste of their own medicine this BS will not stop.
commented 2014-08-20 20:25:09 -0500 · Flag
I AM SO SICK OF THIS! Makes me wana holla
commented 2014-08-18 09:23:47 -0500 · Flag
Did the posters below read the story? They were not out after curfew. They were on private property sitting in their car. They were not out in public. Seems to me they were falsely arrested.
commented 2014-08-18 09:21:16 -0500 · Flag
I recently read a story about a city in Michigan that fired its police department. I wonder if Ferguson could do the same. Couldn’t the community put a vote on a ballot to fire the police department. The local politicians could then form a new police department from the people of the community rather than a bunch of racist pigs.
commented 2014-08-18 08:23:01 -0500 · Flag
Curfews are not constitutional. It is not a question of “decency” or “believing you are above” something.
commented 2014-08-17 14:24:45 -0500 · Flag
We need more stories about a peaceful protest in the news and not stories that blemish our efforts. If nothing more than for the Movement, you were asked to respect the curfew by the peacekeepers. Have the decency to obey some simple instructions.
commented 2014-08-17 12:12:35 -0500 · Flag
While I do not condone any abuse by the police, I do wonder why you were out after the Governor imposed curfew and what you thought would happen to you when caught out after the curfew? Do believe you are above the order the Governor has made? Do you believe it does not or should not pertain to you? Do you disagree with the Governor ordering the curfew?
commented 2014-08-17 09:09:16 -0500 · Flag
Our vaunted “free press” allows itself to be herded into press pens far away from the actual story while regurgitating police lies about no tear gas being used. Pathetic cowards.