Attorney Thrown In Jail For Wearing A #BlackLivesMatter Pin In Court Speaks Out
The Ohio judge stared at Andrea Burton across the table and told the 30-year-old attorney that there had been complaints about the Black Lives Matter pin she was wearing.
He didn’t allow court officials to wear political pins in his courtroom, she recalled him saying, and he asked her to remove it.
“He asked me if I would take it off and I told him I would not,” Burton told The Washington Post. “And he said we would have to deal with that, and I asked how. And he said, ‘We’ll see.’ ”
A few minutes later, after again refusing to take off the pin, Burton was convicted of contempt of court, placed in handcuffs and taken to jail and sentenced to five days.
“I’m not anti-police,” she told The Post. “I hold them in the highest regard, and I do believe all lives matter.”
Burton said she wasn’t trying to cause a stir, but wanted to voice her opinion about the killings of blacks by police officers. Burton was raised in Youngstown. She went away for school — ultimately getting her master’s degree and a law degree — but came back to her hometown and works mostly as a criminal defense attorney.
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