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Four people who were taken into custody following a protest on the Ravenel Bridge. (Source: WCSC) Four people who were taken into custody following a protest on the Ravenel Bridge. (Source: WCSC)
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Editor's Note: One of the protesters listed in the article, Ansley Katelyn Pope, was identified in jail records and by police as female. However, Pope said he identifies as male.

Four women who were arrested following a protest that disrupted traffic on the Arthur Ravenel Bridge Wednesday afternoon were released on bond later that night, jail records state.

Mt. Pleasant police officials said the women were arrested following an incident on the bridge around 5 p.m., and were charged with disorderly conduct.

According to the Charleston County Detention Center, 24-year-old Jillian Brandl, 25-year-old Chantelle Lebeau, 22-year-old Jasmin Hillary Wilson and 21-year-old Ansley Katelyn Pope bonded out around 11:30 p.m. 

Each of the protesters had to pay $265.50, police say. 

As the four were being led into the Charleston County Detention Center, Lebeau said, "Police can't police themselves...need conversations with community leaders."

A candlelight vigil was held outside the center Wednesday night for the protesters.  

Southerners on New Ground (SONG), a social justice group, said some of its members are responsible for interrupting traffic on the Bridge during rush hour.

A release sent to local media Wednesday afternoon stated that members of SONG and #BlackBrunchCHS activists were blocking the Cooper River Bridge to protest police brutality.

PICS: Protesters stop traffic on Ravenel Bridge 

Protesters drove four cars to the top of the bridge and attempted to get into a line to block all four lanes, according to group spokesperson Princess Hollis. Passengers got out and drivers stayed put for about two minutes, until police gave them a first warning, Hollis said. At that point, drivers left, she said.

The statement from the group read, in part: 

"We are a multiracial group of queer, transgender and allied peoples using our bodies and collective voice to demand an end to the violence against Black people by police, the murder of Black people by police, and the constant surveillance, economic deprivation, and fear put upon Black people who live in Charleston by police and by the city of Charleston and many power holders who live here."

The statement quoted one of its members, identified only as "Pope," who said, "I'm tired of navigating through life in fear. Why does my blackness put me at higher risk of criminalization, violence, policing and terror?"

The group said through its statement that in the month since the shooting death of Walter Scott by a former North Charleston police officer, the City of North Charleston "has refused to work with the community to ensure accountability."

"This is not just a case of one 'bad apple' cop," the statement reads. "The racial profiling and harassment of Black people in the Charleston area has continued unfazed since Officer Slager's arrest and firing. This is a deeply rooted systemic issue. We unite with the North Charleston community's demand for a civilian review board, which urgently needs action and delivery."

Shortly after the protest began, the group Black Lives Matter issued a press release Monday afternoon supporting a civil disobedience protest that interrupted traffic on the bridge.

A statement from Black Lives Matter read in part:

"There are many people, groups, and allies that support the change needed for accountability. While Black Lives Matter Charleston did not orchestrate today's demonstrations, we are in full support of Civil Disobedience and non-violent Direct Action in order to stress the 'urgency' of community based Police Reform. Through the protests and demonstrations today, we stand in solidarity to honor the lives of Brown & Black Women & Men and LGBTQ+ lives lost at the hands of law enforcement and vigilante violence."

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