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Woman Pulled from Wheelchair, Arrested “for no reason” at Michael Brown Vigil

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heatherBy Angela L. Braden

Although it’s been six months since Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was gunned down by white police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO, tensions between the police and concerned citizens have not let up.  Protestors are still taking to the streets of Ferguson to demonstrate their dissatisfaction of the police officer’s conduct and actions, as well as the grand jury’s decision to not indict the officer.

Monday evening at a candlelight vigil to mark the 6-month anniversary of Brown’s slaying, seven protestors were taken into custody by police officials for allegedly violating the law.

But one protestor who was at the demonstration in her wheelchair said that she is innocent and has been wrongfully charged, according to the Huffington Post.
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“They tried to say I hit them with my cellphone holder. I am a pacifist. I have never hit anyone in my whole life,” said Heather De Mian, 44, who was live-streaming the demonstration and was arrested and charged with third-degree assault and failure to obey.

The Huffington Post also wrote that one of their reporters viewed a video recording of police tactics that could largely be interpreted as misconduct.

In the video, De Mian, who has either fallen or was pulled from her wheelchair, is sitting on the ground.  Without providing De Mian a reason, the police arrest her and she is taken into custody.  She was jailed for three hours before she learned why she was arrested.
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“I don’t even know how I got out of my wheelchair. I don’t know if I fell or if I was pulled, but I was on the ground when he hit me with my cell phone and knocked my glasses off,” De Mian told HuffPost.

The woman believes she was targeted by police because she was video recording the incident with her cell phone.  Christopher Phillips also feels he was targeted because he was video recording the police and protestors’ interactions that night.
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“They didn’t tell me anything. I wasn’t breaking the law. I didn’t commit a crime. They didn’t give me a name. They didn’t read my rights,” Phillips said.

All seven individuals have been released on their own recognizance.