"These are midlevel offenses," he said. "They [the court] will only take $25,000 worth of West Virginia property. They cannot take cash and we cannot use a bail bondsman."
He alleges that one member, Dustin Steele, 21, of Matewan, was assaulted by law enforcement while in custody. Louis-Rosenberg was unsure which agency allegedly carried out the assault and hoped to learn more by speaking to Steele.
The more than 30 protesters who left the site had to walk about four hours to the main road where shuttles were waiting, he said. He said shuttles had arranged to pick up the protesters, but troopers blocked them from entering the area.
He said troopers instead allowed miners and counterprotesters into the area to intimidate them.
Baylous said that claim is untrue and State Police would have arrested anyone trespassing or causing a disturbance.
"We don't give special treatment to anybody," Baylous said. "We enforce the laws, and that's our primary function."
Several videos were uploaded to social media websites allegedly depicting coal supporters chasing protesters, blasting air horns and threatening their safety.
Baylous said police would have arrested those threatening violence no matter their stance on environmental issues.
An independent journalist also was arrested before Saturday's protest.
Babette Hogan, 52, of San Francisco, told the Sunday Gazette-Mail she was taking photos from the passenger seat of a vehicle on Kanawha State Forest Drive when a trooper demanded her camera. When she refused, Hogan was arrested and charged with obstruction, she said.
Hogan said Monday she wanted to seek counsel from an attorney before she would speak about the incident again. Baylous said he needed more information before he could comment.
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