Two Arrested For Protesting at MLK Day Breakfast


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Two people were arrested Monday when they interrupted events marking Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day to protest.

Mia Santiago and Dkeama Alexis are charged with criminal trespassing.

The two were among members of the group Columbus Freedom Coalition, and began chanting "justice for Julius" during Mayor Andrew Ginther's speech at the MLK Breakfast, at the Columbus Convention Center.

The protesters were referring to Julius Tate, who was shot and killed by a Columbus Police Officer in 2018, during an undercover robbery sting.

Ginther later responded on Twitter to the incident, saying he supports the right to protest. Critics say he did not listen to the message of the protesters.

Ginther later added, in an interview with ABC-6, that he was speaking during a private event Monday, and the organizers had the right to take action.

(photo courtesy ABC-6 / Columbus Freedom Coalition)