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Local Protesters Stand Trial for Blocking Road

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Justin Thompson, Torrey Henderson, and Amara Ridge | Image by FOX 4

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Three activist protesters potentially face jail time for obstructing a roadway during a demonstration in the North Texas town of Gainesville.

Torrey Henderson, Justin Thompson, and Amara Ridge will stand trial on misdemeanor counts of “obstructing a highway or other passageway.” They could face up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine if convicted.


The three defendants are the leaders of a local activist group called PRO Gainesville, which describes itself as “a grassroots group of Gainesville citizens advocating for equality in the face of systemic racism who embrace all cultures and walks of life, encouraging increased involvement in our community.”

In August 2020, Henderson, Thompson, and Ridge led a group of protesters calling for the removal of a Confederate monument that sat outside the Cooke County Courthouse.

Police Chief Kevin Phillips claimed that during the protest, “The majority of the group left the sidewalk and moved into the street, rendering the westbound lane impassable. … The unauthorized obstruction of any roadway presents a serious public safety risk to the citizens of Gainesville and those participating in the obstruction activity.”

Philips further noted that a Gainesville police officer walking with the group instructed them repeatedly not to go onto the road, but that protester leaders allegedly ignored the guidance.

The chief explained that while many of the participants were likely unaware that they were not permitted to protest on the street, the organizers had been warned beforehand not to block the road.

“The leaders knew the rules or our stance very well,” Philips claimed.

“We enforced the law … A law they were informed repeatedly would be enforced,” the chief concluded.

However, one of the protesters, Henderson, asserted that the prosecution “is just another form of harassment and intimidation of protesters, an attempt to delegitimize our work for racial equality in Cooke County.”

The trio’s attorney, Alison Grinter, said, “I’m confident that a jury will see how their decision will send a message to local authorities regarding how protesters should be treated in general.”   

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Bobby
Bobby
1 month ago

2 chiggers and a whigger…let them stand in front a tank. White guilt moron and mongrels

caseyp
caseyp
1 month ago

Throw the book at them. They are activists trying to get their five minutes of fame. A three person group? BFD.

kevin
kevin
1 month ago

This group isn’t legit protestors, they’re punk “agitators/public nuisances” posing as “protestors” for some lame cause. I wonder why more of these “agitators” aren’t being prosecuted across the country as much as the Jan. 6 protestors are? Has the stink of “we the people” concerns aren’t as important or valued as the elitists in our D.C. and all other gov’ts. are getting. I hope these petty criminals get the penalty they so justly deserve, jailtime with fines. This two tiered justice (lol), system must end.

James E. Embry
James E. Embry
1 month ago

“Systemic racism” is a hoax, a fable promoted by progressives! There’s never been any such thing.

Thank goodness, someone in authority took the proper action here. Some months ago, a group, alleged to be Antifa, totally blocked an intersection in Plano underneath an overpass of Central Expressway. During the commotion, it came to the attention of Attorney General Ken Paxton that the Plano police weren’t doing anything about it so he called the Plano police chief to inquire as to why not. The chief was reported to have said, “What do you want me to do, arrest all of them”? Duh! Why is that man still working for the City of Plano?

To the rest of you wokies out there, if you don’t like seeing Confederate monuments, no one’s forcing you to live in Texas! We will be tickled to allow you to move somewhere that makes you happier! I’ll even call U-Haul for you! How about going to California? I hear they are losing a lot of people to Texas, a better place to live. You’re kind of politics aren’t welcome in Texas. Leave now! Good riddance!