The leader of several peaceful protests against Michael Brown’s grand jury decision,Bishop Derrick Robinson has been arrested in St. Louis, Missouri. Police arrested the bishop during clashes between police officers and protesters outside a stadium after a football game on Sunday. And was later released.
Following his release, Bishop Robinson promised to continue the protests.
Ferguson has been the scene of protests since a grand jury declined on Monday night to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August.
US Protest Leader Arrested in St. Louis
Many US cities held demonstrations to voice their anger against the decision. In solidarity with protesters across the country, five St. Louis Rams players stood with their arms raised before their game against Oakland on Sunday.
On Friday, at least 200 demonstrators chanted “No Black Friday” and “Stop shopping and join the movement” at the Saint Louis Galleria mall near Ferguson before briefly lying on the floor, causing the mall to close for one hour.
“If justice is not done, we can’t shop in peace,” Bishop Robinson told CBS News. “If justice is not done, we can’t live in peace, so today we’re out here to disrupt Black Friday.”
On Saturday, Wilson resigned from the Ferguson Police Department nearly four months after the incident. The officer said that he has a “clean conscience” after not being indicted for the killing of Brown.
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said on Sunday that Wilson did not receive a severance package when he resigned.
Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for the family of the slain teenager, said Wilson’s resignation was not a surprise.