CHICAGO — A high-profile community activist, known to many as the “Dreadhead Cowboy,” was arrested Monday while riding his horse on Chicago’s Dan Ryan Expressway.
The local celebrity, whose real name is Adam Hollingsworth, said his actions were in support of the #KidsLivesMatter movement, an initiative aimed at raising awareness and motivating residents to fill out the U.S. Census to help communities receive improved funding, CNN reported.
Hollingsworth has been charged with reckless conduct, disobeying a police officer and criminal trespass to state-supported property, WMAQ reported, noting additional charges are pending.
“All imma say until we focus on Kids lives matter this gone keep happening,” he wrote on Facebook before saddling up.
A video posted on the social media platform later showed Hollingsworth riding southbound down the expressway during rush hour with an apparent motorcycle escort yelling, “Kids Lives Matter.”
Hollingsworth, who was taken into custody by Illinois State Police, has advocated alongside Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot for boosting Census response, CNN reported.
According to WMAQ, another individual, identified as 55-year-old Darron Luster, attempted to grab the horse’s reins and refused to let go after Hollingsworth was taken into custody. Luster was arrested for obstruction and resisting arrest.
The Chicago Police Department took Hollingsworth’s horse into custody and plans to transport it to Animal Care and Control, CNN reported.
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