2 charged after Mobile police vehicle vandalized in Sunday protests

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Two people have been arrested and charged after a Mobile police vehicle was vandalized during Sunday’s protests in Mobile.

Tia Pugh has been charged with inciting a riot and criminal mischief 3rd degree. Her fiance, William Mason Baucom, was charged with hindering prosecution for harboring Pugh.

Pugh was caught on News 5 footage breaking a Mobile police vehicle’s window with a bat. It happened as protesters were trying to get onto I-10 downtown. Officers used tear gas to break up the crowd.

Pugh is from Mobile. Mobile City Council said earlier Tuesday “outsiders” caused unrest during protests on Sunday. It is not known where Baucom is from.

As she was being taken to the police car, Pugh said, “Genocide is happening…Genocide is happening we’re being murdered in the street for absolutely no reason and unarmed. We’re being disarmed when we arm ourselves.”

Chief Lawrence Battiste said his department will not allow any willful destruction of property. He said, “That police vehicle was bought with taxpayer’s money and so her actions is what prompted us to get to this point.”

Baucom made no comments when he was transported to jail. Watch Pugh’s comments below.

Chief Battiste said MPD is creating a line it will not allow people to cross. He said, “You can’t retreat from that boundary because when you begin to retreat you start to blur the line. You say it was okay yesterday, but it’s not okay today.”

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