Baltimore Police Arrest Pastor a Week After Gray Protests

Baltimore Police Arrest Pastor a Week After Gray Protests

Westley West was charged with inciting a riot among other charges.

Published September 10, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore pastor has been arrested a week after police say he blocked traffic while protesting during pre-trial hearings in the Freddie Gray case.

Police say they arrested 27-year-old Westley West on Wednesday after obtaining a warrant charging him with attempting to incite a riot, malicious destruction of property, disorderly conduct, disturbance of the peace, false imprisonment and failure to obey.

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Online court records list an inactive case in which West was charged last week with walking on a road where a sidewalk is provided, but don't list a lawyer.

Police say they recorded West, the pastor at Faith Empowered Ministries, stepping in front of a pickup truck and hitting the hood with his bullhorn. Others joined West blocking traffic, but fled when officers approached.

The arrest came a day before another pre-trial hearing for six officers charged in the death of Gray, a 25-year-old black man fatally injured in police custody.

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(Photo: Lloyd Fox/The Baltimore Sun via AP Photo)

Written by Associated Press

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