HOUSTON – A man who says he was trying to keep the peace during Friday night’s protest for justice for George Floyd, ended up under arrest after an encounter with Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.
Damon Whitlock said he is no stranger to social justice activism, having traveled to protests in Ferguson, Missouri and others around the country.
So he said it was only natural that he take part in protests over the death of George Floyd.
Whitlock said as the peaceful protest took a turn, he tried talking to the officers on the front lines.
Whitlock just moved to Houston in late February and says he didn’t know the man he was pleading with was HPD Chief Acevedo.
“I didn’t know him from a can of paint,” Whitlock said. “I said, ‘let’s make sure everybody gets home safe,’ and he was like, ‘Who they hell are you bro? Who are you?’ I told him we have our rights to march.”
Whitlock said as police began pushing the crowd back, he tried to keep things from escalating.
"Just give me a second, give us a second to calm things down. After that it was a no go people just went crazy," he said.