Group protests arrests at Columbus Pride parade


A group of protesters demanded that a man accused of jumping on an officer and grabbing the officer's gun at the Columbus Pride parade be released from the Franklin County Jail Monday.

According to court records, Deandre Miles has posted bond at the Franklin County Jail, but jail staff said he remained in custody early in the afternoon.

A judge set his bond at $200,000 for a felony count of aggravated robbery.

Miles was among four protesters arrested Saturday after police said the protesters ignored orders to leave a street near City Hall.

Court records show Ashley Braxton, Micah Jones, and Kendall Denton face a variety of misdemeanor charges, including disorderly conduct.

Cell phone video recorded the incident, which involved officers using mace.

Protester Dkeama Alexis says her friends intended to disrupt the Pride the parade for several minutes to raise awareness about the violence against transgender women, as well as the recent acquittal of a Minnesota police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile.

"Although it might've been an obstruction to the proceedings, it was necessary," Alexis said. "The point of the protest was also that queer and trans people of color do not feel they have a place at Pride or within the larger LGBTQ community."

Police said four officers were injured in the confrontation, including one officer who tore an ACL.

Hearings for Braxton, Jones, and Denton were continued until July.

Protesters demanded charges be dropped in all the cases, and they've asked for a review of Columbus Police procedures.

The executive director for Stonewall Columbus, which organizes the Pride Festival, hasn't returned our request for comment.

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