The To Pimp A Butterfly track became an anthem for Cleveland protestors on Sunday (July 26), as seen in a video published on YouTube yesterday.
The clip shows a gathering of people chanting along to the song’s chorus: “We gon’ be alright!” And the post’s caption explains part of the story:
"Today after the ending of the convening as everyone was walking down the street CPD arrested a 14 yr old While everyone was demanding his release an officer pepper sprayed the crowd and further escalated the situation. In unity and solidarity everyone was demanding that he be released, and we stayed and protested until they released him!”
It’s unclear if the 14-year-old described above is the same 14-year-old who was at the center of a protest story reported by several outlets, including Cleveland.com. Officers allegedly tried to detain the teen, who was reportedly intoxicated. Protestors surrounded the Regional Transit Authority officers and pepper spray was fired at the crowd.
The teen was later released to his mother at the scene, the report said.
Cleveland’s Fox 8 revealed a statement from RTA about the incident:
At 4:40 p.m. today, July 26, Transit Police officers on routine patrol peacefully removed a intoxicated 14-year old male from a bus. Police said the juvenile was intoxicated to the point where he was unable to care for himself.
Police escorted the youth from the bus to a bus shelter on Euclid Avenue at East 24th Street. Transit Police followed normal procedure, which is — after police collect pertinent information, juveniles are transported to police headquarters to await release to a parent or legal guardian.
Within minutes, a large crowd had gathered. For the safety of the juvenile, Transit Police moved him from the open shelter area into a police cruiser. The crowd then surrounded the car, and attempted to remove the juvenile from the car. By this time, several other law enforcement agencies had also responded.
The crowd kept the police car from leaving the area. A Transit Police officer used a general burst of pepper spray in an attempt to push back the crowd, to no avail.
The juvenile was escorted from the police cruiser to a waiting EMS unit to be examined at the scene. He was then released to the custody of his mother at 5:47 p.m.
The incident is under investigation.
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