Pastor Westley West of Faith Empowered Ministries was arrested September 9 for his role in blocking traffic in downtown Baltimore during a protest on September 2.
A Baltimore pastor who led many of the marches against police brutality after the death of Freddie Gray was arrested Wednesday night, a week after he stood in the way of traffic during a downtown march, police said.
Pastor Westley West, 27, of Faith Empowered Ministries, was charged with attempting to incite a riot, malicious destruction of property, disorderly conduct, disturbance of the peace, false imprisonment, and failure to obey, police said.
He said he is pleased with the judge's decision Thursday to keep the trials of the six police officers charged in Freddie Gray's arrest and death in Baltimore.
"It was good news," he said. "If it would have moved, we would have seen another unrest. The city is not playing."
Gray, 25, suffered a fatal spinal cord injury in police custody in April, which set off protests and marches that erupted into riots that caused officials to declare a curfew and call in the National Guard.