Rioters took to the streets in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on Wednesday night after a video was posted to social media of police struggling to arrest two black men at a gas station.
In the video, police can be seen attempting to apprehend Ricky and Travis Price after the former was stopped for allegedly making an illegal turn and “changing lanes unlawfully,” according to a statement by Rock Hill PD. Based on Ricky’s previous interactions with the police, a K-9 unit was ordered to search the vehicle and ended up finding two bags of marijuana in the door panel, and a 9mm pistol in the back.
While the two were being booked into custody, hundreds of rioters gathered outside police headquarters in Rock Hill and proceeded to hurl objects at officers in protest of the arrests, remaining there late into the night.
Protesters at one point blocked a downtown intersection before police in riot gear showed up on the scene. Upon their arrival, some attending the protest began to hurl objects at police, while others continued the seemingly normal practice of yelling in their faces.
Video of the protest shows people taking to the streets, chanting the usual “No Justice, No Peace,” “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” and “Black Lives Matter” slogans we’ve become accustomed to following last year’s riot-filled summer in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
Dozens in Rock Hill immediately took to the streets in response to controversial bystander video of Rock Hill officers/Homeland security arresting two men earlier today.
The local NAACP President:
“After viewing the video I was apalled and quite frankly a little bit shocked.” pic.twitter.com/go4eoCKKyJ
— DaShawn Brown (@DaShawnWSOC9) June 24, 2021
Police and fire have arrived pic.twitter.com/ANd4jnlmo0
— Joe Bruno (@JoeBrunoWSOC9) June 24, 2021
The protesters came out after video was posted about the arrest of the brothers.
As the officers pulled Ricky over, Ricky made a call to his brother, Travis, who arrived on the scene moments later. As officers questioned Ricky, Travis attempted to gather Ricky’s belongings from the car, which led to a struggle with the police officers. Officers subdued Travis, after taking him to the ground following heavy resistance from Travis Price. During this time, Ricky’s handcuffs were removed so that he could remove his jewelry for officers to give to someone on the scene. Rather than hand over his jewelry, Ricky apparently used this as a chance to escape, attempting to flee the scene while also throwing punches at officers in the process.
Video of the altercation show police officers striking the Price brothers in an attempt to bring the situation to an end, as both attempted to fight back during their arrest.
“As Officers were on the ground with Ricky, one officer delivered several punches to Ricky’s upper thigh on the Common Peroneal Nerve to gain compliance,” the police statement says. “The strikes had no effect and Ricky continued to resist. The officer then punched again, striking Ricky in the nose which caused him to bleed.”
Officers took Ricky to a local medical center to treat him after being punched in the face, and were able to uncover a bottle of Crown Royal filled with crack cocaine. After this, he was transported to the local jail with his brother, Travis.
Ricky Price was charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, carrying a pistol unlawfully, unlawful possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent offense, and resisting arrest.
— DaShawn Brown (@DaShawnWSOC9) June 24, 2021
Travis Price was charged with hindering police.
As of this writing, there have been no arrests of anyone protesting Wednesday night. Ricky Price has been denied bond, with his brother still waiting to appear in court as of this publication.
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