Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed, a Muslim who once refused to sign onto a bill that would ban the use of sharia law as Shoebat.com reported, was arrested for not getting out of the street in front of the Ferguson Police Department while protesting the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson last August. Presumably, Nasheed’s civil disobedience had to do with a demand that Police Officer Darren Wilson be indicted for shooting Brown; the grand jury has still not ruled one way or another.
Check out the white woman who walks behind Nasheed from the left and imitates her (h/t GWP):
Here is video of Nasheed being arrested:
Ironically, the symbolism chosen by Nasheed tends to work in the Police Department’s favor. The purpose of refusing to get out of the street when Police ordered her to do so is itself a reference to Brown. Before being shot, Wilson allegedly told Brown to get out of the street and onto the sidewalk, which would have put Brown in a safer place (walking on the sidewalk is safer than walking in the street). Regardless of what chain of events that followed ultimately led to Brown’s death, it’s likely that had he just done what Wilson rightly ordered him to do as a pedestrian, he’d still be alive.
Aside from the fact that Sharia law would carry with it vicious consequences for Nasheed’s actions, as a State Senator, she should know better than to inject herself into grand jury proceedings and demand an indictment when she hasn’t heard the evidence. In fact, Wilson testified in front of the grand jury and his account of events inside the police car were leaked. The New York Times reported:
The police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., two months ago has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as he struggled over his gun with Mr. Brown, according to government officials briefed on the federal civil rights investigation into the matter.
The officer, Darren Wilson, has told the authorities that during the scuffle, Mr. Brown reached for the gun. It was fired twice in the car, according to forensics tests performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The first bullet struck Mr. Brown in the arm; the second bullet missed.
The forensics tests showed Mr. Brown’s blood on the gun, as well as on the interior door panel and on Officer Wilson’s uniform. Officer Wilson told the authorities that Mr. Brown had punched and scratched him repeatedly, leaving swelling on his face and cuts on his neck.
A point that has largely been uncontested from both sides is that Wilson told Brown – a pedestrian – to get out of the street. If true, none of what Wilson is said to have testified to above would have happened if Brown did what was the right thing to do in the first place for any pedestrian.
Nasheed’s actions indicate that none of this matters and that she does not care about the truth. She has an agenda based on preconceived notions about race that supersede getting to the bottom of what happened.
For the record, Islam is known to have some preconceived notions about a certain group of people as well. In fact, the ISIS dynamic was introduced into the Ferguson protests earlier this year:
Does Nasheed agree with the sentiment on this guy’s t-shirt?