The Rochester activist and Black Lives Matter organizer was attempting to crash a city press conference aimed at addressing public unrest over the police-involved death of Daniel Prude, WXXI-TV reported.
Body camera footage of Prude’s arrest recently emerged showing cops mock the 41-year-old Black man as they place a bag over his head until he stops breathing, Heavy previously reported.
Martin and a group of activists forced their way into Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren’s conference on Wednesday, which was slated only for credentialed media members, WXXI-TV said.
They demanded the firing and arrest of all officers involved in restraining Prude, as well as new legislation barring police from responding to mental health calls, the station added.
Activist Stanley Martin on the consequences of relying on police to respond to mental health crises: “When people call 911, they're asking for help. Officers are not really trained to help. They are trained as violence workers. They are trained to use force, to be brutal." pic.twitter.com/0I1Ebe36Wb
— The Appeal (@theappeal) September 3, 2020
Video of the demonstration posted by WXXI-TV shows Martin being chased out of the room by an officer, shouting, “No, no, stop it!”
“You want to get tased?” the officer yells back. “All right, you’re going to get tased.”
Martin then asks why she is being arrested while onlookers urge the cop to put away his taser.
For “being an idiot,” the officer sneers.
Martin then calls him a “racist pig.”
You can watch the full clip below:
Martin was taken into custody, WXXI-TV reported.
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9 People Were Arrested in Connection With the Demonstration, Police Said
#UPDATE A total of nine protesters were arrested, including local Black Lives Matter organizers Stanley Martin and Ashley Gantt, after police only allowed media inside the building for the press conference. https://t.co/6bw21FKX4Y
— News 4 Buffalo (@news4buffalo) September 3, 2020
On the morning of September 3, Rochester Police issued a statement to WXXI-TV confirming that nine people were arrested in connection with the city demonstration.
The station added that most arrests stemmed from criminal trespassing and resisting arrest.
Free The People Roc organizer Ashley Gantt has arrived back to hugs and cheers. Crowd is chanting for nine more people to be freed. FTPR is reporting three of its organizers were arrested. Our crew observed organizer Stanley Martin’s arrest. pic.twitter.com/SayaLfSZLh
— Andrew Hyman (@WHEC_AHyman) September 2, 2020
Another “high-profile” Free the People Roc organizer, Ashley Gantt, was also arrested, the station said.
Footage of Daniel Prude’s Arrest Has Re-Ignited Public Protests
Prude died in March 2020 following his arrest by Rochester police officers, Heavy previously reported.
New body camera footage shows the Chicago resident in handcuffs with a mesh bag over his head as an officer shoves his head into the pavement until he stops breathing, Heavy said.
Prude’s brother initially called police to check on his sibling for a mental health episode, Heavy continued.
“The restraint incident started after Prude ran out of the back door at 3 a.m., prompting his brother to call 911 again for help. He may have then broken windows on a business,” Heavy wrote.
Prude’s death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner, according to The New York Post.
Martin Previously Sued the Mayor Over the City’s Emergency Gathering Order
Free the People Roc has done more for accountability than the media and any group I’ve seen in 20 years.
We have a massive corruption problem in Rochester, and this tragic death – and the hiding of it – is a symptom of a broken system. pic.twitter.com/J0eBxdqIJY
— Rachel Barnhart (@rachbarnhart) September 2, 2020
Spectrum News reported in July that Martin was suing the mayor and city over an emergency order that “restricted overnight gatherings.”
The order was enacted July 15 and deemed groups of five or more gathering in public places between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. a misdemeanor, the outlet disclosed.
Martin cited first and fourteenth amendment rights in the lawsuit, Spectrum News said.