VIDEO: Ferguson Commission member Rasheen Aldridge charged with assault

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A member of Governor Jay Nixon`s newly formed Ferguson Commission is charged with assault. Rasheen Aldridge Junior, 22, is an activist and student who is also one of 16 people appointed to be on the Ferguson Commission.

But, last Wednesday police say Aldridge was also one of the protesters trying to push their way into St. Louis City Hall, which was on lock-down because marshals thought someone in the crowd had spray paint. The attempt to get inside was caught on video. Authorities say the footage shows Aldridge in a gray stocking cap, pushing a city marshal while trying to get into the building. It`s because of that physical contact St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce says she had no choice but to charge Aldridge with third degree assault, which is a misdemeanor.

“I support everybody`s right to protest but when it crosses the line and becomes physical contact I can`t support that because that is against the law and it is my job to review that case,” Joyce said.

In a written statement, Ferguson Commission co-chairs Rich McClure and Rev. Starsky Wilson said: “We do not have a lot of information on the situation with Rasheen Aldridge Junior and the misdemeanor charge stemming from an incident at city hall last week. We hope to have a chance to talk to him to understand the facts. Rasheen is a valued member of the Ferguson commission.”

As of Thursday evening, there was no comment from the Governor`s office. Two protesters from that same incident are also charged with misdemeanor assault.

Zachary Chasnoff of St. Louis, is charged with Class C third degree assault, for allegedly pushing a marshal, and Chelsea Carswell of Austin, Texas, charged with Class A third degree assault for allegedly striking a marshal in the head. The charges are misdemeanors.

In Aldridge`s case, the charge he faces is a Class C misdemeanor—that`s the lowest level crime someone can be charged with in Missouri. It carries a maximum 30 days in jail and $750 fine.

WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS LANGUAGE THAT SOME VIEWERS MAY FIND OFFENSIVE

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