Yesterday we spoke about the death of a black man, Daniel Prude, while in police custody.  Mr. Prude’s death was ruled a homicide by the Coroner's Office, and members of Black Lives Matter showed up to attend a press conference yesterday.   

Mayor Lovely Warren and Police Chief La‘Ron Secretary held a press conference yesterday about Mr. Prude’s death, but only members of the media were permitted entry into the conference.  To restrict entry into the building, officials placed barriers outside of the Public Safety Building.

Members of Black Lives Matter showed up in front of the Public Safety Building in downtown Rochester and tried to enter the press conference, as a result, some of the members were pepper-sprayed and arrested.

A total of nine members of Black Lives Matter were arrested including their organizers, Stanley Martin and Ashley Gantt.  The arrests were as follows:

34-year old Ashley Gantt was arrested and charged with Third-Degree Criminal Trespass

25-year old Taylor Howauth was arrested and charged with Third- Degree Trespass and Resisting Arrest.

20-year old India Maureen was arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass in the Third-Degree and Resisting Arrest.

27-year old Ryan Howe was arrested and charged with Inciting a Riot and Resisting Arrest.

27-year old Stanley Martin was arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass in the Third-Degree and Resisting Arrest.

28-year old Tyrik  Grandoit was arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass in the Third-Degree

21-year-old Breyana Clark was arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass in the Third Degree.

28-year-old Iman Abid was arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass in the Third Degree.

21-year-old Sofi Wolfanger was arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass in the Third Degree.

As of Thursday morning, the Rochester Police Department has not announced whether any of the activists have been released from jail.  We will certainly have to keep an eye out on this story. We must continue to have our voices heard with non-violent protesting.

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