Video by Taylor Dorrell
The United March for Justice brought in families who lost loved ones in officer-involved shootings from around the Midwest on Saturday to mark the two-month anniversary of the death of Sam DuBose. The families of Sam DuBose, John Crawford III, Samantha Ramsey, and Tamir Rice were met with an outpouring of love from a community ready to stand with them.
The day began with a private cookout for close friends and family members, of the fallen, to get a chance to meet before the march. We then walked to the police station and joined roughly 40 people that had already begun to hold signs up high. We took to the streets and walked through the neighborhoods with chants and singing that echoed off the buildings. The only time we stopped was near the corner where Sam was murdered. There was a moment of silence, prayer, singing, and heartfelt words spoken to the crowd from the families.
After a walk back to the police station and a small break, supporters took to the streets, chanting and walking up into the business district of Clifton. The police chose not to intervene until this point. What were a few annoyed cops on motorcycles became many angry agitated police officers in cars, SUV’s, vans, more motorcycles and on foot.
Police approached the peaceful protesters from the rear and forced everyone onto the sidewalk with aggressive screaming and shoving. Dan Joseph described the moments leading up to being tasered: “I’m walking down the street and one of the cops tried to push me over to the side with his vehicle. He comes over and tries to push me over, so I flipped him off, which is not illegal at all,” Joseph said. “Soon as I turn around, I saw that cop jump out of his car, jump on his radio, single me out, which at that point I was in fear for my life.”
As seen in the videos, an unmarked police car passes Joseph and Joseph gestures the ‘middle finger’ through the window. A marked police cruiser then passes by the unmarked car with its passenger door open and an officer poised to jump out of the passenger seat with his taser drawn. The officer jumps out, yells “Stop” and immediately uses the Taser on Joseph.
CPD BrutalityWe marched from UCPD to the murder site of Sam DuBose with minimal police interference. After returning to UCPD we took a small break and continued the march up Calhoun into the business district of Clifton. Once we entered the streets police presence grew in numbers transporting officers via van, SUVs, motorcycles, squad cars and unmarked cars. We were peacefully marching just as we had before but once we entered Clifton’s revenue generating area the police became extremely aggressive. We have seen these tactics used, first hand, in many cities. This is Awakened Media’s view of the brutal tactics and arrest.
Posted by Awakened Media on Monday, September 21, 2015
At about the same time some of the other officers who approached the march from the rear targeted Talis Gage who was walking down the street with others. While Gage was being arrested officers made two more arrests. Officers approached Benjamin Virnston from behind while he was taking a photograph of Gage’s arrest. Virnston dropped his camera to the curb and surrenderd peacefully as did Jordan Freshour who was taking a video of the arrests, when he himslef was also arrested.
Dan Joseph was charged with 2 counts of obstructing official business and 1 count of pedestrian violation 506-47. (pedestrian to use sidewalks) Talis Gage was charged with 1 count of obstructing official business and 1 count of pedestrian violation 506-47. Jordan Freshour was charged with 1 count of obstructing official business and 1 count of pedestrian violation 506-47. Benjamin Virnston was charged with obstructing official business.
Video by Mikhah Ben David documents the arrests of Talis Gage, Jordan Freshour and Benjamin Virnston, who have since been released on bail.