(LAV) — On Tuesday June 2nd, I attended a #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd protest in downtown Houston, Texas. I was there to document the events for the numerous outlets I work with. In addition to writing for The Last American Vagabond, I also produce video content on my website, and co-host Free Thinker Radio on 90.1 KPFT in Houston. Despite my best efforts to inform the police I was operating as a member of the media, I was still arrested and held in Harris County Jail for 16 hours.
The June 2nd protest was organized by rappers and local celebrities, Bun B and Trae the Truth. The organizers called for supporters to join the family of George Floyd as they marched from Houston’s Discovery Green park to the steps of City Hall.
The organizers also went to great lengths to make it clear that they would not tolerate or support any efforts to provoke violence between cops and protesters, looting, or rioting. Their efforts were mostly successful as there was no looting or rioting or violence from the protesters. Sure, a few protesters in the crowd of 60,000 people threw plastic bottles of water at heavily armed police in riot gear. However, as we