BEING HEARD: The voice on the megaphone during Chattanooga protests

UPDATE: A hearing has been rescheduled for local activist Marie Mott to sometime after the Chattanooga city elections in March.

Mott is one of eight people charged in connection with burning a Hamilton County Sheriff's Office flag and blocking a downtown intersection during the summer protests sparked by George Floyd's death.

Mott has qualified to run for the District 8 seat of the City Council, challenging incumbent councilman Anthony Byrd.

This is a developing story. Stay with WRCB for updates.


PREVIOUS STORY: Channel 3 has learned new details about a local protest organizer who is one of the suspects accused of illegally burning a sheriff’s office flag and blocking an intersection during a demonstration.

A representative with the city of Chattanooga confirms that Cameron 'C-Grimey' Williams is on paid administrative leave from his job at the Chattanooga Public Library.

Williams has been working part-time at the library since November 2018.

The representative says further assessment is being done, because of the charges Williams is facing from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

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PREVIOUS UPDATE: Additional charges have been filed against Chattanooga City Council candidate and activist Marie Mott, protest organizer Cameron Williams, and a third protester. 

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has charged Mott, Williams, and Gerald Crawley with Theft under $1,000, Vandalism Under $1,000, Reckless Burning, and Inciting a Riot. 

The charges stem from an incident last Thursday in which Mott admitted to taking a Hamilton County Sheriff's Office flag and burning it in Miller Park. 

MORE | UPDATE: Local activist admits to taking Hamilton County Sheriff's Dept flag down and burning it during protest at Miller Park

"Mott and Williams were already in custody on unrelated charges at the time the warrants were issued," said a press release from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. "Crawley remains at large."

According to the release, the department is working to identify others who were involved with taking and burning the flag. The incident is separate from the incident on Friday when Mott, Williams, and two other protesters were charged for allegedly blocking an intersection while first responders attempted to respond to a call.

At last check, Mott and Williams were still in the Hamilton County Jail. 


PREVIOUS STORY: Activists Marie Mott and Cameron Williams (also known as C-Grimey) posted social media videos in the wake of arrest warrants being issued, stating their intentions to turn themselves in.

In a Facebook Live video, Mott criticized the Chattanooga Police Department over the warrants against her and fellow protesters, as well as the department's decision to not enforce Hamilton County's mask mandate.

 

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"You will charge us for protesting against your brutality, but you have people who will openly defy, in the middle of a pandemic, wearing a mask, that has already killed tens and tens of people and hundreds of thousands of people all across this country," Mott said in her Facebook Live video.

In a video shared to the icantbreathecha Instagram page, Williams said he was en route to the Hamilton County Jail to turn himself in, along with other protesters.

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PREVIOUS STORY: Arrest warrants were issued for multiple protesters, including activist and Chattanooga City Council candidate Marie Mott, for blocking an intersection and emergency vehicle on July 10, the Chattanooga Police Department announced.

CPD said the warrants are for Mott, Cameron Williams, Grason Harvey, and Lindsay Baker for blocking an intersection at or near Market and East Main Streets, and an emergency vehicle en route to an active call for service.

READ MORE | UPDATE: Local activist admits to taking Hamilton County Sheriff's Dept flag down and burning it during protest at Miller Park

Each suspect faces charges of Disorderly Conduct and Blocking a Highway.

CPD said the emergency vehicle was en route to the scene of a vehicle crash with injuries.

CPD said they will issue additional warrants and charges as the investigation continues.

“CPD has had numerous discussions with the protesters and officers have blocked streets in order for marches to take place as safely as possible since May 30,” said CPD Chief David Roddy. “I am not blind to the issues being challenged, but I will not allow the protesters to endanger themselves, invoke fear in other community members, and impede emergency services to anyone in this city.”

CPD asked Mott, Williams, Haney, and Baker to turn themselves into the Hamilton County Jail.