Columbia's Citizens for Justice founder arrested

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | 5:59 p.m. CDT; updated 10:34 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 12, 2012

COLUMBIA — Citizens for Justice founder Matthew Akins was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of a traffic violation and now faces several other charges.

Akins said he was driving to meet someone who was going to court when he was pulled over at the intersection of Smoky Mountain Court and Faurot Drive at about 9 a.m. Akins said he was not filming the arrest.

When he was searched by police, a butterfly knife was found in his front right pants pocket.

He was arrested on suspicion of possessing a prohibited weapon; unlawful use of a weapon; operating a motor vehicle with suspended or revoked license; failure to give the right of way at an intersection; and failure to maintain financial responsibility, Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said in an email.

Akins noted that he bought the knife at the mall and that he has a restricted driver's license that permits him to drive for his job and his work with Citizens for Justice.

Citizens for Justice is "a team effort aimed at recognizing, acknowledging and curbing misconduct in the local legal system," according to the organization's website.

Akins was released on bonds totaling $5,500.

Supervising editor is Katherine Reed.

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