Nine people were apprehended throughout a protest in front of the Alabama Capitol on Tuesday, which for some was the second time they ‘d been arrested this month while attempting to accentuate expanding Medicaid in the state and to the need for racial reconciliation.
As members of Alabama Black Lives Matter and Alabama SaveOurSelves held a demonstration Tuesday, which was live-streamed on previous State Sen. Hank Sanders’ Facebook page, some began trying to spray paint the words “Excellent Difficulty,” a recommendation to the late Georgia Rep. John Lewis and his civil liberties work, and “Expand Medicaid” on the street in front of the Capitol and were apprehended.
Still, others started to try and spray paint onto the street and were likewise detained, as can be seen in the video.
Amongst those detained was Sanders, who could be seen in the video being handcuffed and filled into a Montgomery Police Department lorry, and his spouse, 75-year-old Faya Rose Toure, a lawyer, civil rights activist and previous local judge.
The groups had planned Tuesday’s demonstration to accentuate their push to expand Medicaid and to the arrest of five members after a demonstration there on July 16, in which members attempted to utilize yellow spray paint to paint the words “Black Lives Matter” and “Broaden Medicaid” on the street. The five turned themselves into authorities on July 20.
Montgomery Police Department public information officer Capt. Saba Coleman in a news release Tuesday night said that those apprehended had actually not yet been charged. Montgomery Cops declined to identify those individuals who were apprehended.
“On Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at about 12 midday, MPD reacted to the area of the Capitol in recommendation to protesters painting the street in front of the Capitol steps. Upon arrival, MPD saw the protesters painting the street. At which time, MPD notified the City of Montgomery’s Traffic Engineering Department regarding the painting of the street,” Coleman said in the declaration. “The paint was deemed noncompliant due to the fact that organizers stopped working to demand and obtain proper allowing and prior approval, which resulted in a team being dispatched to the area. Protesters associated with the offense were consequently apprehended; however, they were released with charges pending. There’s no additional details offered for release.”
Civil Service Statement Faya Toure, Sanders’ spouse, lawyer, civil rights activist and former local judge, speaking to APR on Tuesday early morning before the demonstration said she planned to as soon as again work to bring attention to the requirement to expand Medicaid in Alabama in order to save thousands of lives a year and that she’s likewise dealt with the arrests previously in the month, of which she was one.
Sanders told APR on Monday that he was “mad as hell” over the arrests that included strip searches for the females however not for the males.
In an open letter to Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed, Toure composed of her experience being strip-searched at the police station.
“Some state I should have withstood, but I did not,” Toure begins the letter of, then explains the act of needing to strip for officers. “Within minutes the experience that altered my soul was over.”
In a declaration, ACLU of Alabama kept in mind that the current arrests came “just days after a funeral honoring Agent John Lewis was hung on the exact same actions.”
“Once again, we see Alabama police officers using the power of the federal government to unnecessarily seize and apprehend people who are exercising their constitutionally secured First Change right to assemble and protest,” stated Randall Marshall, executive director of ACLU of Alabama in a statement. “While the Constitution does not explicitly protect individuals from legal consequences when protesting crosses into civil disobedience, we paid tribute mere days ago to the life and tradition of Agent John Lewis, a male dedicated to serene civil disobedience.”
“His phrase ‘excellent trouble’ was called that specifically since objecting unjust laws implies breaking those laws. Nonetheless, we have seen time and again that modification does not take place without protesters who are willing to accept these repercussions in order to overthrow the status quo and those who uphold it,” Marshall continued. “We stand with these freedom fighters– in Montgomery, Hoover, and throughout the state of Alabama– who are continuing to fight for a more simply and equitable world where every social issue is not attended to with handcuffs.”