Joshua Williams, a protester who previously advocated for peaceful demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, was charged with arson, burglary, and confiscating less than $500 this past Saturday.
The Daily Mail reports:
Williams, who was frequently quoted and photographed protesting Michael Brown’s death, is accused of using lighter fluid to set multiple fires inside and outside a QuikTrip in Berkeley, Missouri.
Court records said Williams confessed in a videotaped interview, and that his actions were captured by surveillance video and by news media.
The Quiktrip that was set on fire was looted after the fatal shooting of Antonio Martin, just days before Christmas. The site continues:
Williams has been arrested at least twice during Ferguson-related protests for unlawful assembly as well as refusal to disperse.
An MSNBC profile of Williams in September quoted him as saying, ‘We have to come together as one and show them we can be peaceful, that we can do this. If not, they’re going to just want us to act up so they can pull out their toys on us again.’
During a Ferguson Commission meeting earlier this month, Williams said black people should be able to walk into stores without being followed around like thieves.
‘When the police go out there in their uniforms, they don’t see nothing but thugs,’ he said. ‘All they see is targets in the streets.’
We will keep you updated with the details as they emerge.
SOURCE: Daily Mail | PHOTO CREDIT: AP,St. Louis Police Department