C.J. Saunders, an Ohio State wide receiver, was arrested for a violation of curfew following a protest in Columbus near Ohio State’s campus on Monday night.
Saunders posted bond and was released from the Franklin County Jail on Tuesday morning. He is scheduled to be arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of violating curfew on Thursday morning.
According to the arrest report obtained by Eleven Warriors, Saunders was walking from North High Street on West Northwood Avenue at approximately 10:45 p.m. when he was detained by a Columbus Police officer enforcing the city-wide curfew. A 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew has been in place in Columbus since Saturday in response to daily protests that have taken place in the city since last week’s killing of George Floyd.
“Officers had just dispersed a crowd in violation of the curfew,” per the arrest report.
According to The Lantern, Columbus Police broke up a peaceful protest “less than 25 minutes into the citywide curfew when police used pepper spray to clear protestors out of the intersection at Lane Avenue and North High Street” on Monday night.
The arrest report did not specify whether Saunders was participating in the protest, but just one day later, Saunders spoke at another demonstration on campus after student-athletes kneeled for nine minutes in honor of Floyd.