One of the most well-known photos of the Ferguson protests of 2014 featured Edward Crawford, the dreadlocked man holding a bag potato chips while flinging a canister of tear gas. Crawford, along with several others who gathered in the Missouri town, have been recently charged by the St. Louis County Counselor’s office almost a year later.
Just after the fatal shooting death of 18-year-old Michael “Mike” Brown at the hands of former Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson, protestors took to the streets which morphed into an intense standoff between heavily armed forces and demonstrators. Crawford’s photo was emblazoned among several outlets, giving a glimpse of the situation on the ground.
Rashaad Davis, like Crawford, was captured in another of the initial 2014 Ferguson protest photos. Davis is seen in the shot holding his hands up as over a half dozen officers approach him with their weapons drawn. A pastor, a poet-activist, an artist, a legal observer and three named journalists thus far all will have to appear in St. Louis County Municipal Court at later unknown dates.
More from Huffington Post:
Authorities have not said precisely how many people have been charged just under the statute of limitations, but court records examined by The Huffington Post indicated that over two dozen individuals had court dates Monday for allegedly “interfering with a police officer in performance of his duties.” An unknown number of other individuals have court dates on Wednesday and next month.
It’s noteworthy that so many have been charged with little more than “interfering.” That’s the type of vaguely defined offense that policing experts say should be closely scrutinized by law enforcement agencies and by prosecutors because of the wide potential for misuse.
As noted in the Huffington Post piece, outlet reporter Ryan Reilly and Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery are also facing vague charges after the pair was arrested inside a staging area inside a local McDonald’s.
The ACLU has blasted the delay in the announcement of charges, which they claim could lead to arrest warrants for some of the individuals named because of the time that’s passed.
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) August 9, 2015
SOURCE: HuffPost Black Voices | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
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