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Dorian Johnson, a witness to the Michael Brown shooting, was charged with resisting arrest during an incident in north St. Louis Dorian Johnson, a witness to the Michael Brown shooting, was charged with resisting arrest during an incident in north St. Louis

(KMOV.com) – Dorian Johnson, one of the witnesses to the shooting of Mike Brown, and his two brothers say they believe police are out to get them after they were all three arrested on Wednesday.

“Dorian has this target on his back,” his grandmother, Brenda Johnson, said. “So it makes it easy. If we can't get you, we will get your brothers. We will get your family. We will get anybody that's close to you.”

Dorian and his two brothers, Demonte and Otis, were arrested Wednesday after police say they resisted a lawful arrest. The brothers claim police mistreated them at the time of the arrest and are still mistreating them while they are in jail.

The incident began on Wednesday after police responded to the 57800 block of Acme after they say someone in a large group may have had a gun. “He [the officer] grabbed Otis by his wrist and just yanked him real hard off the sidewalk and threw him into the grass,” Demonte Johnson said. Demonte claims he instinctively grabbed the officer in order to protect his brother, Otis. “So as he was doing that, I grabbed the officer and Otis by the wrist. Then I thought ‘I can't touch the officer.'”

Family members say they are surprised at Demonte's behavior because he is a graduate of the Prestige Chaminade Preparatory Academy and is currently enrolled in college.

However, Brenda Johnson is not surprised and says she saw this coming. She believes police have been on the lookout for Dorian because he spoke out about what happened the day Mike Brown was shot. Dorian was arrested for resisting arrest, but he claims he was just trying to help his brothers.

"I have injuries on my body. I have injuries and scars from [when the officer] slammed my face down on the concrete," Dorian said. "[They] hit me on the cruiser, put me in the cruiser, raised up all the windows, and put it on high heat."

Otis was arrested at the scene on a Bridgeton warrant. News 4 reached out to speak with him, but was unable to get ahold of him because he was in school. Brenda says detectives have dropped the case against Otis.

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