Man who first posted Alton Sterling video online arrested on ‘bogus’ charges of assault and battery
A Georgia man who was the first to post the dramatic video of the shooting death of Alton Sterling on Facebook claims he was picked up by police 24 hours later for “fitting the description” of an assault suspect and batterer — a crime he said he never committed.
“I just made it to my job on base and I’m being detained. They said I fit the description of someone and won’t tell me anything else. If anything happens I did not resist! Please be aware!” he wrote.
According to LeDay, who shared the tragic video of Sterling being tackled and shot by Baton Rouge police officers, he was told he fit the description of someone wanted for battery as he was cuffed. After arriving at the police station, he was then informed that he had been picked up for unpaid parking tickets. LeDay was forced to spend the night in jail before paying $1,231 in fines and being released.
LeDay added that his license was suspended, but that he currently uses Uber to get to work.
Updating his Facebook page, the Georgia man called out the police for the arrest, describing it as bogus.
“They totally overlook the fact that I was arrested for ‘fitting the description’ and ‘you have an assault and battery charge in Dunwoody, GA’ which by the way I HAVE NEVER COMMITED OR EVEN HEARD OF ….. and go straight to ‘well you shoulda paid those traffic tickets’ really?” he wrote. “Lmao really? Lol wow!!! Yeah trafffic tickets will get you 25 to Life I guess.”
In an interview with Photography Is Not A Crime, LeDay claims the police waited for him to get to work to publicly arrest him in retaliation for posting the video that eventually set the stage for demonstrations that have roiled the country for the past week.
The arrest of LeDay days after posting the video is remarkably similar to the arrest of Ramsey Orta who was taken into custody after filming New York Police officers tackling and killing Eric Garner with a chokehold in 2014.