TSU student tells story of protest, arrest in Ferguson

TSU student tells story of protest, arrest in Ferguson (Image 1)

A student at Tennessee State University was arrested while protesting in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri.

Janishia Grinston, 23, is originally from Belleville, Illinois, located about half an hour from Ferguson, where people have hit the streets for close to two weeks protesting the death of an unarmed black teen shot at least times six by a white officer.

She told News 2 that once she saw what was going on, she knew she had to go.

“If it was anywhere else, I would have been watching from a distance, but that is home,” Janishia said. “I just had to see how real this is and how far it’s going to go.”

The psychology and film student captured parts of her experience on film, including the moment she was arrested.

“It’s a fleet of cops on my left side,” Janishia said as she showed News 2 the video.

She never thought it would go as far as it did Monday afternoon.

On the video, the following exchange can be heard:

Officer : You got to keep moving.

Grinston: I’m moving. I stopped for two seconds.

Officer: Keep moving. You have been stopping longer than that ma’am. Please. Thank you so much; appreciate it.

The officer was then notified Janishia had been warned more than a dozen times to keep moving, so they arrested her.

She said she was only warned about three times, at most, and at one point the officer told her she was allowed to film so she wasn’t sure why she was arrested.

“The next thing I know, they looked at each other, and about six of them came and cuffed me,” Janishia explained.

She said officers put her in a police van and took her to the St. Louis County Jail for on a charge of refusal to disperse.

“I don’t have any regrets. I couldn’t believe I was arrested in broad daylight in the middle of the afternoon. I just can’t believe human rights are being snatched,” Janishia remarked.

She was released from jail after five hours and headed back to Tennessee the next day.

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