Kevin McKenzie (left) and Montavious Smith. Photo by Andrea Morales

A week after they were arrested at Wolfchase Galleria — one for allegedly refusing an order to take off his hoodie and then returning to the mall, the other for recording the police encounter — Montavious Smith and Kevin McKenzie met to discuss the experience. MLK50 sat down with both men at a restaurant Saturday. Below is their story.

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KeKe Sanders, 21, and her boyfriend Montavious Smith, 22, are the proud parents of a 3-month-old girl. Sanders plans to start school to be a pharmacy technician; Smith works at a fast food restaurant in Millington.

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