CHICAGO — Activist Ja'Mal Green was released from jail late Tuesday after family and online supporters helped to post his bail following charges that he battered and attempted to disarm an officer.
Green spent nearly three days in jail after he was arrested Saturday, when the 20-year-old helped lead a Black Lives Matter rally through the Taste of Chicago and the Magnificent Mile.
"I'm just happy to be home. Happy to be with family," Green told DNAinfo. "And I look forward to fighting this in court."
Green was arrested after he allegedly hit a police commander and later grabbed that officer's belt near his gun, prosecutors said. He was charged with five felonies, including attempting to disarm an officer and was held until Tuesday in leui of a $350,000 bond.
Supporters flocked to Green's aid, holding rallies outside the Cook County Jail, 2700 S. California Ave., and seeking donations for his bail fund online. Friends and family labeled his $350,000 bond an intimidation tactic to scare protesters, and said the charges against him were trumped up.
Green walked out of county jail at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, and was greeted by family and friends. He is under electronic monitoring and will be under house arrest, according to ABC Chicago.
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