Pastor Charged with Robbery and Assault During Local Protest

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By Michelle Richardson
Special to the AFRO

Baltimore Police say they have arrested one of the men responsible for the attack on a FOX45 news crew during a protest over the murder of George Floyd. 

Pastor Westley West of Faith Empowered Ministries, 32, has been charged with five counts including robbery, second-degree assault, and theft under $25,000.

Pastor Westley West (Courtesy Photo)

The incident allegedly happened during a Black Lives Matter protest outside City Hall on May 30, five days after Floyd was murdered by members of the Minneapolis Police Department. 

FOX45 reporter Dan Lampariello was live on the air when a group of young men started harassing, pushing and threatening him and his camera crew. 

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The news crew was chased during the live broadcast through the streets before being caught and assaulted. 

Allegedly, some of their camera equipment was stolen. 

This is not the first time West has been arrested during protests in the city. 

In 2016, a jury found West not guilty of disturbing the peace and failure to obey law enforcement stemming from a protest outside a court hearing for the officers charged in the homicide of Freddie Gray. 

Prosecutors dropped the charges of malicious destruction of property and false imprisonment before his trial started.