Christopher LeDay, who claims a third party provided him with the video, reportedly lost his job after 10 cops in full combat suits showed up at his place of work and detained him — all for performing his civic duty and exposing a piece of gross injustice.
LeDay worked for a private security firm at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia.
“I knew I had the platform to share it, to make it go viral and I even requested when I originally posted it that everybody should share this to show some of the heinous crimes that have been committed by law enforcement against black men,” LeDay said at a press conference.
Despite the curious timing, authorities claimed that LeDay’s arrest had nothing to do with the footage. They said he was detained over multiple traffic charges. However, his lawyer Tiffany Simmons told the media that the police could not produce a warrant.
“They never showed a warrant for an assault to my client, in fact my client was held in DeKalb County Jail for at least 26 hours and they never produced a warrant,” said the attorney. “He should not be penalized or possibly retaliated against, he should not be embarrassed at his place of employment for doing what is right.”
LeDay paid those tickets, but when he tried to return to work, he was turned away at the gate of the base for “security clearance issues.” Hired about six weeks ago, he said his supervisor knew about the traffic tickets before his appointment.
“He's been punished for doing the right thing,” Simmons added, according to the Fox News. “He’s been punished for being a good Samaritan by showing this video and showing America that we have to look in the mirror and we have to change some things.”
The chilling video of Sterling’s death showed two officers tackling the man to the pavement, one pulling a gun from his holster and pointed it at the man's chest, then firing a shot. At least three gunshots were heard, although the camera jerks away from the scene.