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Hemming Park protester charged with resisting arrest

Man involved in previous protest that turned violent, police say

Booking photo of Joshua Weber
Booking photo of Joshua Weber

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 27-year-old Jacksonville man was charged Saturday with resisting arrest at a protest in Hemming Park, a week after police said he was an instigator in another protest that turned violent.

Joshua Weber admitted to police that he was at the April 7 Hemming Park demonstration against U.S. missile attacks on Syria, and a Jacksonville officer recognized him as a masked man who grabbed a microphone cord from another protester and repeatedly agitated the crowd.

The officer said he pulled Weber's mask off that day, but that Weber left the area before he could be identified and arrested.

Weber showed up for Saturday's Tax Day protest dressed similarly to the previous week and wearing a white mask over his face, police said.

A detective tried to question Weber about the incident the week before, but he refused to cooperate, resisted efforts to be walked away from the protest and was eventually carried to City Hall and charged with resisting an officer without violence.

Officers decided not to charge Weber in the April 7 protest incident.