A woman accused of setting Wendy’s on fire during a protest over the death of Rashard Brooks by the hands of law enforcement was arrested at her lawyer’s office last Tuesday.
39-year-old Natalie Hanna White, reportedly a friend of Rashard Brooks who was killed by the gunfire of a police officer in the parking lot of a Wendy’s restaurant in Atlanta, was the suspect the authorities believed set fire to the establishment on June 13.
The police obtained a warrant for her arrest, and on June 23, White willingly met with officers outside of her attorney’s office building.
White was taken into custody, and it was reported that she was cooperative during the arrest.
She was incarcerated in the Fulton County Jail, and she is facing a felony charge of first-degree arson for the accusations.
In response to her arrest, approximately 100 citizens gathered in support of her release.
They were reported as staying peaceful and used methods such as holding signs and implementing projectors to display images of phrases such as, “Dismantle white supremacy,” and said they were going to continue until White was set free.
On June 24, White and her attorney, who said his client did not set the fire, appeared before a judge for a video conference hearing where her representation fought for his client’s release on a signature bond.
The prosecution asked that White stays in jail until paying a $20,000 bond.
During the proceedings, the judge said that he was trying to come up with what he believed was fair, and he ordered that White would remain incarcerated on a $10,000 bond until she was given an ankle monitor. White would then be allowed to return to her home on house arrest, but she has been banned from using any form of social media.
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