FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed had a gun in her possession at the time she was arrested Monday night outside the Ferguson Police Department, according to Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson.
Nasheed declined comment about the having the weapon, but did tell News 4 she has a concealed carry permit. A Ferguson police officer said Nasheed was carrying a fully-loaded 9mm handgun and additional rounds of ammunition.
Sources also told News 4 Ferguson police requested St. Ann to administer a breathalyzer test at the time of her arrest because she "smelled strongly of intoxicants," but, despite originally agreeing to the test, later refused to do so. Nasheed said Tuesday she was not intoxicated at the time.
An arrest report, obtained by News 4 Wednesday, states "observation of Nasheed noted that she appeared to be intoxicated while parts of her speech was incoherent and slurred." The arresting officer went on to say "several officers...smelled the odor of alcohol emitting from her breath and person of Nasheed."
Charges related to the gun or possible intoxication are being considered by the Ferguson City Prosecutor. According to state law, it is "not illegal" to drink and be in possession of a permitted gun.
Nasheed was formally charged with Failure to Obey Lawful Order of Police and Manner of Walking in the Roadway. She was released from St. Ann jail before 11:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.
"It was a symbolic arrest - sending a message to the protesters that we can protest peacefully and that we must protest peacefully and that we want justice for Michael Brown, but we don't want it in vain," Nasheed said outside the jail Tuesday morning.
Nasheed is scheduled for her first court appearance on January 15, 2015.
St. Louis County Police said Nasheed and Jefonte Nelson were arrested for being in the middle of South Florissant Road and blocking traffic around 8:30 p.m. Police said Nasheed and other protesters were told they could protest on the sidewalk but not on the street.
Police said Nasheed and Nelson were arrested for violating the City of Ferguson ordinance for walking in a roadway where sidewalks are accessible. Police said they warned the two numerous times to move out of the street.
St. Louis Alderman Antonio French tweeted Monday night that Nasheed was refusing bond and that her chief of staff called her actions an act of civil disobedience.