A female pastor was reportedly left shaken and in pain after being manhandled and arrested by police on Wednesday, during what she says was a peaceful protest in Ferguson, Missouri.
Rev. Rebecca Ragland of Ferguson’s Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion was reportedly arrested for blocking a street outside police headquarters and she recently spoke out about her ordeal.
The 46-year-old mother of two gathered with around 15 other protesters to showcase support for the late Michael Brown and despite it being a peaceful demonstration, she and four others were arrested. Ragland claims protesters were actually in the process of dispersing when police suddenly moved in.
“I was completely stunned … I was grabbed so hard that I fell to the ground. Then I was just being yanked and it was pretty rough. I’m hurting today,” pastor Ragland told Daily Mail shortly after her arrest. “I think everybody was completely shocked. We were dispersing at that point. Then they came down so I turned around and I thought, ‘Well I’m a de-escalator so I need to stay at the front.'”
Despite her efforts to maintain peace between protesters and the St. Louis county police, Ragland was taken into custody and booked, which she said was an “uneasy” process.