Rev. Darryl Gray, Arrested Outside Ballpark Village Friday, Speaks Out

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  • The Rev. Darryl Gray says he was trying to protect a fellow pastor when he was arrested.

The Rev. Darryl Gray is still wearing the jailhouse ID bracelet from his arrest during Friday night’s protest next to Ballpark Village. He plans to keep it on as a reminder.

“I’m not going to be silent,” he said during a news conference this morning at Wayman AME Church. “I’m not going to stay off the line. I’m not going to stop supporting these young people.”

The tall 63-year-old pastor was following a large group of protesters who had blocked traffic that night around Busch Stadium during a St. Louis Cardinals’ game. He and other clergy members have frequently acted at the request of organizers as a buffer between police and protesters, who have held near-daily demonstrations in St. Louis since September 15, when former city police officer Jason Stockley was found not guilty of murdering Anthony Lamar Smith.

The Rev. Erin Counihan of Oak Hill Presbyterian Church in Tower Grove South said that she, Gray and other pastors were again playing the role of buffer on Friday when police turned on…

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