Columbia police activist arrested in gun case

09/10/2013 7:13 AM

09/10/2013 7:13 AM

A Columbia activist known for recording videos of public police encounters has found himself tangling with law enforcement.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports 24-year-old Matthew Akins was arrested Saturday by Boone County sheriff’s officers.

Authorities say Akins fired a gun into the ground after he and his girlfriend got into a custody dispute with the father of the woman’s children at the man’s home north of Columbia.

Akins was arrested on suspicion of armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and child endangerment. Jail records showed he remained held Monday on $100,000 bond. It was not clear if he had an attorney.

Akins has said he founded Citizens for Justice after he was wrongly arrested in 2010 and charged with carrying a concealed weapon in his car.

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