Pastor who led Freddie Gray protest arrested for attempting to incite a riot

Pastor who led Freddie Gray protest arrested for attempting to incite a riot
Protesters in Baltimore exercising their First Amendment rights (credit: AP/Patrick Semansky)

A Baltimore pastor who led many of the marches against police brutality after the death of Freddie Graywas arrested Wednesday night, a week after he stood in the way of traffic during a downtown march, police said.

Pastor Westley West, 27, of Faith Empowered Ministries, was charged with attempting to incite a riot, malicious destruction of property, disorderly conduct, disturbance of the peace, false imprisonment, and failure to obey, police said.

In video footage from the police Foxtrot helicopter West can be seen holding a megaphone and stopping a red pickup truck in the center lane of the 200 block of East Pratt St. with his hands on the hood of the vehicle.

“Mr. West appeared to be agitated and his observed actions were violent and hostile in nature,” police said.

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