Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed (above) was arrested on Monday night by Ferguson, Missouri police for walking in the road instead of on the sidewalk. During a post-arrest search, officers discovered that the anti-gun Democrat was packing a 9mm handgun and a spare mag.
kmov.com reports that:
Nasheed declined comment about the having the weapon, but did tell News 4 she has a concealed carry permit. A Ferguson police officer said Nasheed was carrying a fully-loaded 9mm handgun and additional rounds of ammunition.
In addition to being armed, the Senator had apparently spent some time with Mr. John Barleycorn before taking her mid-avenue stroll down the middle of South Florissant Road.
Sources also told News 4 Ferguson police requested St. Ann to administer a breathalyzer test at the time of her arrest because she “smelled strongly of intoxicants,” but Nasheed refused to do so. Nasheed said Tuesday she was not intoxicated at the time.
Charges related to the gun or possible intoxiation are being considered by the Ferguson City Prosecutor. According to state law, it is “not illegal” to drink and be in possession of a permitted gun.
Nasheed was charges with failure to obey a lawful order of police and manner of walking in the roadway. She no doubt figures it’s worth it since she did it in the cause of a greater good. “It was a symbolic arrest – sending a message to the protesters that we can protest peacefully and that we must protest peacefully and that we want justice for Michael Brown, but we don’t want it in vain.”
OK, then. I’m not sure that walking drunk and armed in the middle of of a suburban street is exactly what Martin Luther King Jr. had in mind when he advocated and practiced civil disobedience and I’m really not sure what it has to do with protesting the death of a probably felon. It does, however help to nicely highlight the hypocrisy of the anti-gun movement. And Missouri voters have noticed.