BLM activist facing criminal charges advocates protecting blue lives

Devante Hill in court

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Activist Devante Hill appeared in court to face charges of falsifying a police report.

Hill was one of the organizers behind the protest that shutdown Interstate 40 in Memphis. He and other protesters marched arm-in-arm off the bridge with Interim Director Mike Rallings.

A few days later, Hill was arrested on unrelated misdemeanor warrants.

"A lot of people have been wondering how do I feel and how do I feel about being arrested three days afterward, and I'm more excited now than I was even Sunday--leading everybody onto that bridge," Hill said.

Police said Hill reported his lap top stolen in March 2013, but they said evidence shows he actually sold the computer before reporting it stolen.

"I've already pleaded not guilty...and I'm going to keep it that way. That's not changing," Hill said.

The 24-year-old minister said he shied away from public cameras after the arrest, but he plans to use it as an example for others.

"I get to literally be the vessel to show that when you ride the wave of justice and you do the right thing, and you've done the right thing, you're going to be OK," Hill said.

Hill's case was reset during his Friday court case. He'll appear back in court next week.

He's said since the I-40 bridge shutdown, he's working to shift his focus from black lives to blue ones.

"I think it's hypocritical for us to say there should not be a #BlueLivesMatter, but be OK with a #BlackLivesMatter. Like I say, just like there is an attack on black lives currently, there is [also] an attack on blue lives."

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