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9 people arrested during protest outside of Cowboys game Sunday

Nine people were arrested Sunday outside AT&T Stadium while protesting police shooting deaths of men in Arlington and Dallas.

Arlington Police Officer Christopher Cook said the nine demonstrators were arrested after they entered the intersection of Collins and Randol Mill to block traffic.

“They were given orders to disperse and not block the roadway and failed to comply,” Cook said in an email.

Those arrested include: Stephanie Briant, 29; Darryl Burnham, 31; Miracle Freeman, 29; Arminta Jeffreys, 25; Michael Lowe, 38; Melissa Perry, 33; Davante Peters, 25; Lelani Russell, 25; and Dion Williams, 29.

According to records, all nine are being held at the Arlington jail. Bond had not been set as of noon Monday.

Minister Dominique Alexander, president of the Next Generation Action Network, asked for donations to bail them out of jail when bond is set.

Alexander told the Star-Telegram that the arrests came at the end of the protest.

“They were walking away when officers approached them,” he said of the protesters. “It was pretty much already over with, yet they detained them.”

“Now these protesters have been sitting in jail for over 12 hours,” Alexander said.

The process for misdemeanor arrests in Arlington is that bond isn’t set until inmates are transferred to Tarrant County and can see a magistrate, Cook said.

The pastor-led protest, which included Frederick Haynes, pastor of Friendship West Baptist Church, and Lee Merritt, the attorney for the family of Botham Jean, led a procession that included two hearses and caskets down Randol Mill Road from east of Globe Life Park to one of the entrances for the Dallas Cowboys game Sunday night.

The mock funeral procession represented the two slain men, O’Shae Terry, 24, and Botham Jean, 26.

Jean was killed in his apartment by an off-duty, uniformed Dallas police officer — Amber Guyger — who has said she mistook Jean’s apartment for her own on the night of Sept. 6.

A search warrant for Jean’s apartment and the arrest warrant for Guyger differ in describing what happened that night. One says Jean was across the room, the other says Jean confronted Guyger at the door. One says the door was slightly ajar while the other says Guyger had trouble getting her key to work.

Guyger turned herself into the Kaufman County Jail and was released on $300,000 bond about an hour later.

Alexander pointed out that the protesters have been detained longer than Guyger was.

“It just shows that in America, officers’ lives are more valuable,” he said. “She got all kinds of special treatment, and still is. It’s not about black or blue, it’s people understanding that they’re being treated differently ... She was able to go in and out, and these protesters are sitting there 12 hours on a class B misdemeanor, not even for a felony.”

Terry was killed by an Arlington police officer who has not been identified. Terry was stopped on Sept. 1 and tried to drive away from the traffic stop. An officer was standing on the SUV foot rail when Terry took off. Body camera footage shows that the officer grabbed the top of the passenger-side window with his left hand and put his right arm inside the SUV. He then brought his right arm back out as he reached for his gun.

Four shots were fired into the moving vehicle.

Lee Merritt, an attorney for both families, said the officer who shot Terry has returned to light duty.

“This treatment of citizens outraged by the very corruption from which they now suffer is intolerable,” he said on Twitter.

Nichole Manna, 817-390-7684, @NicholeManna
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