Atlanta Man Who Helped Vid Of Police Killing Alton Sterling Go Viral Arrested At Work
Some things are just far too convenient to be coincidence…
The man who made the video of the Alton Sterling shooting death go viral, one of two brutal videos from two states that sparked a national outrage and led to the shooting deaths of five Dallas police officers during an anti-police brutality protest Thursday – was arrested 24 hours later.
Chris LeDay believes it was an act of retaliation.
Considering police handcuffed and leg-shackled him after accusing him of assault and battery – only to jail him overnight for unpaid traffic fines – it certainly appears that way.
Although LeDay lives in Atlanta, he was born and raised in Baton Rouge where Alton Sterling was killed by the trigger-happy cops.
Since the officers’ body cams “fell off” during their attack, Chris said he felt like he need to let his 13,000 Instagram followers, his 6,000 Twitter followers and 2,000 Facebook friends what was going on in these streets.
“I wanted everybody to see this video,” LeDay said in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime. “I wanted it to go viral. The police were already saying their body cams fell off and I wanted to show there was video of the shooting.”
Peep what happened when Chris got to work that very same night…
However, that evening as he walked into his job as an aerospace ground equipment technician at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia, going through the usual security checkpoint he had been going through for the month he had been working there, he was not allowed walk through.
Instead, he was detained by at least ten military police officers with guns, including a few with M-16s, all of them surrounding him in case he tried to make a run for it.
The police arrested LeDay for assault and battery because he “fit the description” of someone they were looking for. They then told him he had been arrested over unpaid traffic tickets.
26 hours and $1,231 later, Chris LeDay was a free man. The societal threat of his outstanding fines neutralized, the cops have made our community better…*eye-roll emoji*
Despite his experience, Chris ain’t shook.
“We need to diffuse what the cops are doing,” he said. “They want to say that not all cops are bad but they are not speaking out against the bad cops.
“It just keeps getting worse and people are getting tired of it. I just want some change to occur.”
Salutes to Chris LeDay. F*** the police.
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