Dorian Johnson, the friend who was with Michael Brown the day he was killed, has been arrested.
Police say that they were called in to investigate a group of people who they were told were possibly armed, reports USA Today. According to police, Johnson tried to approach an officer and prevent an arrest. He also allegedly threw suspected narcotics to the ground.
He was arrested on Wednesday afternoon, and according to KSDK, charges are expected to be filed on Thursday.
But not everyone is convinced of the story of the arrest, with some, such as Antonio French, saying on Twitter, “Dorian Johnson arrested a day after filing his lawsuit. Interesting. Looking forward to reading the story.”
Johnson’s lawsuit names Darren Wilson, the officer involved in the shooting death of Michael Brown, Ferguson’s former police chief and the city. Johnson claims in the lawsuit he suffered psychological scars and emotional distress on the day that Wilson stopped him and Brown, reports CNN.
He is seeking at least $25,000 in damages.
Johnson was with Michael Brown the day of the shooting that sparked protests and a national debate on race in Ferguson, Missouri, as well as a debate about the role of police officers and their relationship to the communities they serve.
Although the officer involved, Darren Wilson, was not charged, Johnson was instrumental in telling Brown’s story, telling multiple news outlets that his friend had not posed a threat to the officer.
Johnson claimed that his friend was shot “like an animal” and pushed strongly for justice and an indictment.
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