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I was arrested for disorderly conduct at a Black Lives Matter March when I didn't move fast enough to avoid charging horses. I am on disability and have no extra money to pay fines and court costs or my lawyer. More

Hello, I'm Jesse but everyone calls me Verbz. I'm an activist on many issues and while most of my work is in central ohio I have travelled to protests in NYC, DC, Ferguson, and elsewhere.

Two weeks ago, a 614 Unity March was called to protest police brutality (specifically the murders of Ty're King and Henry Green V) in the process of marching, the protest was able to block a major intersection by the courthouse (where we were demanding accountability from a useless county prosecutor who was subsequently reelected anyway)

Police charged us first with bicycles being held as crowd control devices, then about eight mounted officers sent their horses into the midst of the crowd. I was on the edge of that line, and turned my back on the horses to make sure people had space to retreat. I was bumped around in various directions by these beautiful horses who were kind enough, regardless of their rider's intent, not to kick or bite me. I ended up between two of them, and couldn't really move when a cop said to arrest me and was pulled backward my my collar to be cuffed. I offered no resistance. 

Because the protest continued and left the area, the police decided to release me with a summons. It is only a 4th degree misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Max fine $250 max jail 30 days. I'm not sure how far they want to take it but a movement to dismiss was denied at arraignment. When I find out which judge I face it will be easier to guess how harsh they want to be.

I wouldn't ask for help but I am on disability and have pretty much zero disposable income. I don't even mind spending a short time in the clink if needed to cover some costs but that doesn't help my lawyer.

All donations are wonderful and humbling gestures. Any extra funds will be donated to a legal defense fund for people arrested for civil disobedience. Thank you for your time and interest.

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