Josh Williams was drawn to Ferguson following the murder of Mike Brown by police in 2014. He bussed there to protest and, at 18, quickly became a noteworthy voice for the movement.
Williams is currently serving an eight-year sentence for felony charges of arson and burglary, stemming from a protest a few months later for the murder of Antonio Martin by Berkley Police. He admits to pouring lighter fluid on a stack of magazines. He has also said that he regrets the incident but not his presence at the protest.
Williams faces the longest sentence of all the Ferguson activists, but he plans to continue protesting. In a letter to the public released Friday, Williams writes that, “Till I breath my last breath I will be on the front lines fight against the police.”