HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WBRC) - A 24-year-old man is speaking out after he says he was detained for no reason after a rally in Homewood.
Homewood police said two people were detained by the FBI after a peaceful protest in Central Park Tuesday.
Here is the news release WBRC FOX6 News received in email:
It is the understanding of the Homewood Police Department that after the peaceful protest concluded at Homewood Park on June 2, 2020 the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a field interview and detained two subjects on Park Ridge Drive. The subjects were subsequently released. The Homewood Police Department would like to reiterate that the protest was peaceful and that the Homewood Police Department did not make any arrest during or after the protest.
We spoke with 24-year-old Jadyn Gentry, who was one of the two people detained.
“I don’t have any warrants There was no reason for me to be in handcuffs," he said. “They jumped out of their cars with military-grade weapons. I got out of my car, they put me in handcuffs. I continued to ask these people why I was being detained. They couldn’t tell me why I was being detained.”
Gentry was let go and not arrested. He says he still had no answer why he was detained.
Homewood Police Chief Tim Ross told protesters who stayed to support Gentry. He says Gentry was being detained by FBI agents as as part of an FBI investigation into local agitators.
“This is a movement and it’s going to want to be stopped. This has been going on for decades and individuals will try to come in to try to stop a movement that has the power of restorative justice and change,” said protester Celida Soto Garcia.
Over the weekend, dozens of protesters were arrested across multiple jurisdictions. According to Hoover PD, most of the protesters they arrested were state residents, but two are from Mississippi.
Protests in Hoover, however, did not turn violent as they did in Birmingham on Sunday night. In Birmingham, there was rioting and looters took over. There are reports the instigators of those destructive actions were from out of town.
Protester Austin Gibbs was there.
“It was 90% good people. But it was 10% of the people who were off their rockers. I didn’t recognize the people who were breaking stuff at all,” he said.
For Gentry, he believes he was stopped Tuesday because of his race.
“I don’t understand why I got targeted at a peaceful protest. I’m a taxpaying citizen. They just scared me to death. The police just scared me to death," he said.