Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed had a gun in her possession at the time she was arrested Monday night outside the Ferguson Police Department, according to Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson.
That Missouri Senator Jamilah Nasheed was involved in a protest is not a problem. I don’t necessarily agree with her but, it’s her right and that of any citizen to peaceably assemble in protest of the government. There are times the shoe is on the other foot. The open carry protests that so often make the news are a prime example. But she managed to get herself arrested.
Still, it is surprising that Nasheed, who has often voted against pro-gun bills and sponsored/co-sponsored anti-gun bills in Missouri, would show up for a peaceful protest against the use of guns by police, armed with her own, 9mm pistol. She’s also alleged to have been drunk as a skunk but, Nasheed refused a breathalyzer test. Even if she’d failed such a test, Missouri apparently has no law against being intoxicated while in possession of a firearm.
Nasheed said, “It was a symbolic arrest – sending a message to the protesters that we can protest peacefully and that we must protest peacefully and that we want justice for Michael Brown, but we don’t want it in vain…” Her arrest came after repeated being warned that she was in violation of a Ferguson ordinance against walking in a roadway where sidewalks are accessible. Interestingly enough, that was the reason Darren Wilson initially contacted Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson. Of course, shortly after that, Wilson ended up shooting Brown in what is believed to be a fight intiated by an attempt to detain Brown in connection with an assault and robbery at a local convenience store.