A prominent Philadelphia Black Lives Matter activist was arrested Monday after cursing at staffers and banging on doors during a protest at the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office.
Police arrested Black Lives Matter activist Asa Khalif for “unacceptable and threatening behavior” as he and others protested the amount of time the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office has spent on investigating a fatal police shooting, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Khalif stood outside the Center City branch office, asking multiple times what was happening in the case of Officer Ryan Pownall’s fatal shooting of David Jones, a black man. Khalif was asked to make an appointment if he wanted to discuss his issues, but Khalif refused, according to an AG spokesperson.
Video reveals Khalif and others banging on the office door and demanding, “We’re not f—ing leaving until we get the answers.”
“Don’t hide behind the f—ing door. Open the f—ing door and answer questions!”Khalif asks in the video. Police arrested Khalif after he pushed out a window inside a door.
“Attorney General Shapiro has publicly stated when the investigation has concluded he will announce a decision,” said Joe Grace, a spokesperson for the attorney general’s office. “Recently, Mr. Khalif was directly advised of that fact. We take this investigation seriously, appreciate its importance to the community, and are conducting a thorough review of the facts and the law.”
Khalif, also known as Earl Pittman, now faces charges related to making terrorist threats, institutional vandalism, defiant trespass, harassment and disorderly conduct, the Philadelphia Police Department told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
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