Local LGBTQ+ advocates have issued a statement condemning the Carbondale Police Department for how they handled the arrest of a protester on June 28th.
Witnesses said the protester was slammed against a car and others who tried to intervene were pepper-sprayed. A police press release referred to the individual with male pronouns and gave a name they do not currently use. According to friends, she goes by Cat.
Editor's note: This story has been clarified to address the identity of the person arrested.
The Carbondale Police Department has issued a statement regarding Sunday's incident near Italian Village where officers appeared to struggle with a person they were trying to arrest.
Video from a witness shows fellow protesters asking why the person was in custody, and questioned tactics the police used. Officers in a witness video then appeared to push them back and pepper-sprayed them.
The Carbondale Police Department reports 17-year-old Ayden Van Hook was located Wednesday night in Mt. Vernon. He had been missing after no one had reported seeing him since Tuesday at around 4 p.m. in the 400 block of East Walnut Street.