Singer Raheem Devaughn and Dr. Cornel West were arrested yesterday for participating in an OccupyDC protest on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. Deets inside….
Shortly after attending the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial yesterday, Dr. Cornel West was arrested along with singer Raheem Devaughn and over a dozen OccupyDC protesters on the steps of the Supreme Court around 6pm, a rep for Raheem tells TheYBF.com.
The demonstration was one of many taking place around the world to protest against corporate influence in politics and the effects on the economy.
As the movement gains traction, protests in New York have drawn celebs like Kanye West and Russell Simmons into the fold.
Shortly after his arrest, Raheem’s staff posted this message on Twitter,
Raheem is in jail for protesting along side Dr. Cornel West downtown. We expect him to get out soon. -Dave (staff)
Meanwhile, sources close to Dr. West posted a similar message on his Twitter saying,
Thanks ALL for your concern. Dr. West is ok. He’ll share his thoughts from today very soon. Stay tuned! #OccupyDC — Bro. @brandonAlucas
The arrested individuals were charged with trespassing and are expected to be released soon. We will keep you posted.