Yesterday’s arrest of 28-year-old Yeshua Musa instigated a night of turbulent protest. After Musa’s arrest, a group of about 300 protesters marched through downtown, in a demonstration that lasted from Tuesday afternoon into the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Protesters are demanding Musa’s release from the Dane County Jail, where he has been booked on charges of disorderly conduct while armed, resisting arrest, and a probation violation.
During the marches, there were four cases of drivers attempting to hit or push through the protesters, reports Madison365.
In a video of Musa’s arrest posted on social media, four officers can be seen pinning him to the ground before carrying and then placing him in the back of a police vehicle. Musa then pushed past officers and escaped from the vehicle before being tackled and apprehended.
While pinned, Musa shouted at officers asking them what he did wrong.
“What am I under arrest for? What am I under arrest for? They’re hurting me, I can’t breathe. Get off my back,” Musa said.
In another video, taken before the arrival of police, Musa is shown outside of Cooper’s Tavern shouting through a bullhorn while carrying a bat. He then follows a man into the restaurant, accusing him of being a racist.
After addressing restaurant patrons, Musa left the interior of the restaurant. He continued his speech outside until the police arrived.
Musa, whose legal name is Devonere Johnson, is a frequent organizer and participant in Madison’s Black Lives Matter demonstrations. He’s also the Director of Young Black Suited, an organization that addresses Black men’s mental health, incarceration and homelessness.
In 2016, Musa was arrested for First Degree Reckless Endangerment and Armed Robbery. That charge was later dropped to a charge of theft of movable property, to which he pleaded guilty.
After yesterday’s arrest, Musa was taken to a hospital for medical clearance before being admitted to the Dane County Jail. During the arrest he suffered abrasions to his arms and legs, according to a police report.