NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - On Saturday, several protesters arrived at the Nacogdoches Blueberry Festival to show support for Lindsey Ogbanna and other women involved in a recent use-of-force incident. In April, police released dash-cam video showing an officer confronting a group of people outside an apartment complex. The incident led to the indictment of Ogbanna, who was charged with resisting arrest.
Protestors chanted, “No justice, no peace” as they marched into Nacogdoches. They say they came on behalf of a group of young women involved in a use-of-force investigation.
“We came from Dallas because we have a student in Dallas who had that horrific experience," said Pastor Frederick Hayes of Friendship West Baptist Church. "We are here to let the forces of injustice know that we will not stand for it.”
“I just feel like that it’s not fair," said Shannon Williams, who says she was at the scene of the incident. "We’re gonna stand our ground and we’re gonna show you guys that we’re coming and we want justice.”
This protest was led by attorney Kim Cole and Pastor Frederick Haynes, both from Dallas. While they say their mission is to seek justice for Ogbanna and others involved in the incident, the Nacogdoches Accountability Coalition opposed the demonstration at the Nacogdoches Blueberry Festival. They said in a recent statement, “This is not the most effective way to achieve justice for Lindsey,” and that “Ms. Cole does not represent the wishes of Ms. Ogbonna.”
Even so, Haynes and Cole stood with protesters in the city square sharing one message:
“Just because you’re black, it does not make you a criminal who is supposed to be abused by someone who serves and protects,” Haynes said.