The man responsible for making the footage of Alton Sterling shocking killing go viral was arrested barely 24 hours after his post on social media.
The 34-year-old Chris LeDay who lives in Georgia said he was arrested on Wednesday evening as he walked into his office. He was arrested and detained by 10 military officers, some of whom had assault rifles with them. LeDay further said that he was dragged to a back room, handcuffed and leg-shackled. He suspects that his superfluous arrest was an act of revenge for the video he posted.
Report by Photography Is Not a Crime (PINAC), stated that Chris was initially informed he was being arrested on charges of battery and assault. Conversely, when he was taken to the DeKalb County Jail, his arrest warrant made mention of nothing concerning assault and battery charge.
LeDay told the publication that his charges were on some traffic tickets from a couple of years ago and also they said his license was suspended. LeDay was released only after he paid his traffic fines to the tune of $1,231, US Uncut reports. He spent a total of 26 hours in police custody. The 34-year-old black man admitted to not paying the fines at the time because he didn’t have money then and he rarely drives.
LeDay, who is an employee at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia, said he believes the police chose to arrest him at work because someone in law enforcement wanted to get him fired as a revenge for posting Sterling’s video. In spite of his arrest, LeDay stressed that the negative experience will not discourage him from continuing to speak out against police brutality.
The oppressions went on the next level, now one might have been arrested for revealing the truth. The issue of the tickets, of course, was just the “official” subject; no one gets arrested by 10 militants for traffic tickets.
The police should focus on steps to take in other to prevent the recurring such horrible acts rather than witch-hunting innocent people. Finally, the truth will come up anyway; they can’t murder innocent people and believe that no one will know.
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