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Lee Percy Christian biography: 13 things about black activist from Phoenix, Arizona

Lee Percy Christian (©Phoenix Police Department)

Lee Percy Christian (©Phoenix Police Department)

Lee Percy Christian III is an African-American activist from Phoenix, Arizona, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

 

  1. He was born on March 1, 1993 to Lee Percy Christian Jr. and Delsa Delilah Simmons Christian.
  2. He is related to Rory Lynn Christian, London A. Christian, Leah Alexandria Christian and Delsea D. Christian.
  3. He is 5’10” and weighs 150lbs.
  4. Aside from Phoenix, he has lived in other parts of Arizona including Tempe and Laveen.
  5. He previously lived in Solon, Ohio, USA.
  6. He previously lived in McLeansville, North Carolina, USA.
  7. On May 27, 2019, he was arrested in Maricopa County, Arizona and charged with one count of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, any drug, a vapor releasing substance containing a toxic substance or any combination of liquor, drugs or vapor releasing substances and one count of driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or more.
  8. He was one of the approximately 50 people who gathered near Washington Street and 1st Avenue in Phoenix at around 6:30 p.m. on July 18, 2020. They marched for several hours, repeatedly stopped to block roadways and major intersections in the area and ignored the warnings given by the Tactical Response Unit of the Phoenix Police Department. Around 9:15 p.m., he was arrested around 2nd Avenue and Fillmore Street in Phoenix along with his fellow protesters Ryan Tice, Jonah Ivy and Kristen “Poet” Bird. He fought with a police officer and a police sergeant and the fight ended only after a single diversionary round was fired, according to the authorities.
  9. On July 20, 2020, he told The Arizona Republic that the Phoenix Police Department is giving “a very, very, very inaccurate description of what happened” on July 18, 2020. He said, “I’ve been helping organize, helping lead, helping keep our communities in a comfortable environment that didn’t get violent. I believe personally that my actions speak for themselves.”
  10. He, Tice, Ivy and Bird are supporters of the group called The W.E. Rising Project, which organized protests against police brutality in Phoenix after George Floyd‘s fatal arrest on May 25, 2020.
  11. On July 19, 2020, he was booked into Maricopa County Jail with Tice, Ivy and Bird. He was charged with one count of obstructing public thoroughfare and one count of resisting arrest and two counts of assaulting a police officer.
  12. He is facing a felony charge of rioting on August 9, 2020.
  13. He attended a protest in Phoenix on October 3, 2020. While driving home from the protest, he was arrested by Phoenix Police Department officers. He was charged with rioting, unlawful assembly, blocking a public road and hindering the arrest of another protester. Six other protesters were also arrested but they were all released  afterwards. However, he remained in custody and was not eligible for bail due to a prior arrest at a protest on July 18, 2020. His next hearing will be on October 13, 2020. His lawyer Christina Carter told The Arizona Republic, “Under Arizona law, if new charges are found while one has an existing case, it makes them ineligible for bail. He has not hurt one individual or destroyed one piece of property yet he sits in jail and the county attorney’s office has not agreed to set a bond in his case.”

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