The Baltimore police are striking back following the announcement that six of their own will be charged for murder, because nothing says “building community” like “jackbooted silencing tactics.”
Kevin Moore, the man who filmed the violent arrest of Freddie Gray, was detained on Thursday night, along with two activists, Chad Jackson and Tony Smith, who had previously filmed protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
Moore was released without charges later, while Jackson and Smith, who are affiliated with WeCopwatch, an organization that aims to keep the police honest, remain in jail. Jackson was allegedly injured by the police during the encounter — which, according to his mother, Catherine Jackson, included officers with their guns drawn.
“I don’t think they were after Chad, I think they were after the man who filmed Freddie Gray’s arrest,” she said, adding that her son claimed the Baltimore PD were following him and Moore for “a significant amount of time.”
Moore, who was released about two hours after being detained, said that the police took his name, date of birth, and Social Security number, but didn’t name any charges against him.
Moore also said that he’d been the target of harassment and intimidation by officers since the release of the video. Moore told the website Photography Is Not a Crime on Friday morning the police claimed that the reason for stopping him was due to an illegal turn, but he was skeptical:
“We were protesting. I was with some brothers from Ferguson, Missouri. They came out to represent us and show us love and really hold us down in a time of need. And I was like cool, let’s go protest and go down to City Hall and do our thing,” said Moore.
“The reason they picked us up is because they saw me with my revolution mask. Once they saw the masks they were all over us,” he continued. “They waited good until we got away from those protesters before they tried to f*** with us.”
For Jackson, this is the second time he’s been detained by police; last October, he was arrested in Ferguson while standing on the sidewalk. Catherine believes that he’s been wrongfully arrested (again) and said that the charges against her son have been inconsistent.
“They keep changing the charges … At first he was charged with looting and drinking in public, then 3rd degree assault on police. He hasn’t even gone before a commissioner to get a bond,” she said.
But please, by all means, let’s continue to pretend that the police department of Baltimore is full of professionals who are responsible.
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