Posted by Tina
A Ferguson protester, Joshua Williams,who was known for his advocacy of peaceful protest has been charged with setting fire to a convenience store in a nearby town. Surveillance tapes and news footage capture images of Williams as he set multiple fires inside and outside of a Quick Stop while it was being looted. Williams surrendered to police and is being held on charges of arson in the first degree, second-degree burglary for entering the convenience store, and misdemeanor stealing for taking a lighter, gum and cash from the store.
He was photographed walking arm-in-arm with noted public intellectual and activist Cornel West and was profiled by MSNBC, where he was quoted as saying that activists “have to come together as one and show them we can be peaceful, that we can do this. If not they’re going to just want us to act up so they can pull out their toys on us again.”
His attitude reflects the main problem underlying these incidents, defiance and lack of respect for authority.
The incident follows another shooting death that occurred at a gas station across the street from the convenience store. Eighteen year old Antonio Martin pulled a gun pointing it at the officer who fired in self defense.
Bishop Derrick Robinson, of Kingdom Destiny Fellowship International spoke highly of Williams after his arrest:
“Josh is one of the young activists, and all of us have taken close to him. We got to know his heart, and he got to know ours. He’s a great kid, an educated kid, a child who knows what he wants and is very active in the community.”
Something is rotten. Until it is excised nothing healthy or good will happen.