FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A protester said he was beaten at a Ferguson church by other protesters who accused him of recording a meeting that was supposed to be secret.
The man said it occurred at Great St. Marks Family Church. He said other protesters hit and kicked him. Ferguson Councilwoman Patricia Bynes was at the meeting and said she heard shouting come from the back of the church.
“Someone got up and said there’s a phone off the hook and so more people started standing up and saying there’s a phone off the hook. Many of us were like ‘what’s going on. Stop it.’ It looked like they were moving towards this particular young man,” Bynes said.
The man then ran out of the church and went west on Chambers Road. He told police five or six people punched and kicked him.
“We know that not everybody saw something but we know that other people did. So it’s just trying to pinpoint and find out what people saw. Obviously, hoping people come forward,” said Sgt Brian Schellman with St. Louis County Police.
Bynes said the man joined the protests a few weeks before he was beaten.
“I know that everybody who could do some things differently would do so,” Bynes said. “It’s also important to note there were people there in the meeting saying ‘stop’ ‘break it up.”
A group of protesters told News 4 the incident does not reflect their values.
"This is not who we are," said a protester.