▶ Cornel West among protesters arrested in Ferguson (VIDEO)

“It’s a beautiful thing to see people on fire for justice, but I didn’t come here to give a speech,” he said at Sunday’s event. “I came here to go to jail.”

RT.com  Published: October 13, 2014 20:13  Edited: October 14, 2014 01:07  

To view the video, click the Download video link below. (It is not on YouTube.)

Download video (22.59 MB)

 In contrast, here is the sanitized version video from NBC news.

At least 42 people, including author Cornel West, were arrested in Ferguson, Missouri on Monday as activists continued to protest police brutality more than two months after a local officer fatally shot an unarmed teen.


Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and more! “Like” our page today. Rise Up Times is also on  PinterestGoogle+ and Tumblr. Find us on Twitter at Rise Up Times (@touchpeace).


West – a renowned academic and former Harvard professor – was among a group of protesters engaged in an organized act of civil disobedience Monday afternoon outside the Ferguson Police Department. Several members of Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy were also arrested alongside West, according to AP.

Those detained were charged for disturbing the peace as some protesters used a bullhorn to read the names of people killed by police nationwide. In total, a crowd of roughly 130 activists gathered in front of the station, according to MSNBC.

NBC News reported from Ferguson that West and others had attempted to create a makeshift memorial outside of the police station on Monday for Michael Brown, a local teen shot two months ago this weekend by a Ferguson cop, but arrests began soon after when demonstrators reportedly breached caution time and advanced towards the station.

Protestors hold up their hands as the riot police move in during a protest at the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri, October 13, 2014. (Reuters/Jim Young)

Protestors hold up their hands as the riot police move in during a protest at the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri, October 13, 2014. (Reuters/Jim Young)

Monday’s incident was the latest in a weekend of actions held during the last few days in the St. Louis suburb that activists are calling “Ferguson October.” Protests have also occurred in recent days in St. Louis, where a man was fatally shot by an off-duty officer last Wednesday.

On Sunday evening, West told an audience at St. Louis University that he was prepared to be arrested for demonstrating.


Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and more! “Like” our page today. Rise Up Times is also on  PinterestGoogle+ and Tumblr. Find us on Twitter at Rise Up Times (@touchpeace).


“It’s a beautiful thing to see people on fire for justice, but I didn’t come here to give a speech,” he said at Sunday’s event. “I came here to go to jail.”

Protestors stand in front of the riot police during a protest at the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri, October 13, 2014. (Reuters/Jim Young)

Protestors stand in front of the riot police during a protest at the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri, October 13, 2014. (Reuters/Jim Young)

According to MSNBC, Rev. Osagyefo Sekou — a prominent author and pastor — was arrested during Monday’s demonstration as well. Authorities detained Sekou last month as well after engaging in an act of civil disobedience with other faith leaders.

Matt Pearce, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, wrote on Twitter that the police station demo was “highly coordinated” with “organizers clearing paths, sending clergy in waves … willing to get arrested.”

Activists have been attempting to draw attention to the widespread concerns regarding the excessive use of force by police officers, particularly against young minorities, and the lack of charges brought against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson officer who shot Brown in August. A grand jury is currently considering whether or not Wilson should be charged in the shooting.

MSNBC reported that roughly a half-dozen protesters were arrested elsewhere in Ferguson on Monday after blocking a major intersection. According to CBS News, 17 arrests were made on Sunday.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: