A young Ferguson, Mo., activist who touted his peaceful protesting as he sat next to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on a panel with President Obama earlier this week was charged with assault Thursday after allegedly trying to shove his way into St. Louis City Hall.
Rasheen Aldridge, 22, sat only three chairs away from Obama during the Monday meeting that allowed Ferguson activists to voice their concerns to top officials.
“We want [the president] to come out and have accountability for police, we want him to acknowledge our pain, and that we have been peaceful,” Aldridge told USA Today.
But on Thursday, he was one of three protesters charged with misdemeanor assault after they attempted to demonstrate inside City Hall on Nov. 26, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The building was put on lockdown. Wearing a gray stocking cap, Aldridge stood at the front of the crowd, which tried to rush past a marshal guarding the building’s south door.
In a video posted online, the Forest Park Community College student appears to push the marshal at one point.
“While C.U. [city marshal] was blocking entry, Defendant and the other individuals were chanting and shouting at C.U. and others posted at the door,” reads a probable-cause statement given to the St. Louis newspaper.
“Defendant and the other individuals continued to attempt to gain entry to City Hall, and Defendant pushed C.U.”
The protesters were eventually dispersed by cops using pepper spray.
Courtesy of NY Post