When Christopher LeDay decided to upload the video of Alton Sterling‘s shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to his Facebook page on July 5 in the name of justice, he had no idea that he could possibly lose his job.
But he and his lawyer say that is exactly what happened. He was detained on July 6 when he showed up for work at a private security firm at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, reports Atlanta’s WSB-TV 2:
“He’s been punished for doing the right thing,” said [his attorney,Tiffany] Simmons. “He’s been punished for being a good Samaritan by showing this video and showing America that we have to look in the mirror and we have to change some things.”
According to LeDay, military police stopped him when he arrived on base July 6. Dunwoody Police then took him into custody.
A spokesperson for the Dunwoody Police Department said military police ran a search on LeDay as part of the security clearance process. They discovered LeDay was wanted on an old warrant out of Dunwoody and contacted the police department. Officers then arrived on base and transported LeDay to the DeKalb County Jail for “failing to appear on several traffic charges.”
The charges sound foolish, but do they sound familiar? Ramsey Orta was also arrested after filming Eric Garner‘s death.
While some measures are underway to protect the rights of people who film police violence, it’s important for Americans to know their rights and refuse to fall victim to tactics of oppression.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help raise $50,000 to help pay LeDay’s expenses.
SOURCE: WSB-TV 2 | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty | VIDEO CREDIT: Periscope
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