FERGUSON, Mo. — State Senator Jamilah Nasheed was arrested in Ferguson tonight.
The Democratic state senator was arrested during a small peaceful protest in Ferguson, Missouri, following the ongoing unrest related to the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of local police.
According to sources at the scene, Nasheed was arrested after disobeying an order and deliberately stopping traffic along with other protestors. Several photos and videos of Nasheed surfaced online. Several Twitter users posted photos that appear to show Nasheed peacefully being arrested while continuing to chant with protestors. At least one video shows Nasheed chanting the popular “Hands up, Don’t Shoot” call common among protestors.
Nasheed has been one of several local lawmakers vocalizing their disapproval with local law enforcement and political power since the controversial shooting death of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in August. Nasheed joined the family of VonDeritt Myers — who was shot and killed earlier this month by local police after he allegedly fled from an officer and then opened fire — to condemn the “racial profiling” leading to his death.
Ferguson Police did not provide any details on Nasheed’s arrest.
This is a developing story and will continue to be updated.
Collin Reischman was the Managing Editor for The Missouri Times, and a graduate of Webster University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.