Des Moines BLM Organizer Arrested By University of Iowa Police

IOWA CITY, Iowa - A Des Moines Black Lives Matter organizer is in the Johnson County Jail this morning after University of Iowa Police arrested him.

Twenty-four year-old Matthew Bruce faces nine charges of assault on a peace officer with intent of injury and one charge of interference with official acts.

The charges stem from two separate confrontations last night where an Iowa City group was protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.

Bruce is accused pointing a laser beam light into the eyes of multiple officers, causing injuries.

Officers say they approached him and asked him to stop, but he ran away. He was then found and arrested arrested at 11:40 p.m.

Protests were staged Monday night at the University of Iowa by the group the Iowa Freedom Riders.

Bruce has a previous arrest from this year related to Black Lives Matter. He turned himself into police in June after Des Moines Police accused him and several protesters of spray painted a police car during a protest.

(Image from KCRG-TV)

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