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RABJ Denounces Arrests of Black Journalists During BLM Protest

By Staff

 

Carlet Cleare

13 WHAM’s Carlet Cleare

The Rochester Association of Black Journalists has cried foul in response to the arrest of two black journalists who were covering a Black Lives Matter protest July 8.

13 WHAM reporters Carlet Cleare and Justin Carter were arrested, along with over 70 protesters, and briefly detained during the rally, an incident for which Rochester Police Department Chief Michael Ciminelli and Mayor Lovely Warren later apologized.

However, according to RABJ president Richard McCollough, the incident is merely another example of police bias.

“This is a sad and unfortunate irony, as our two colleagues were precisely there to cover reports of widespread implicit bias on the part of police,” McCollough stated. “The fact that they were placed in handcuffs, and detained, nearly confirms and underscores such bias.”

McCollough said local officials and community members should have future conversations in order to de-escalate such situations going forward.

“We think an open and free discussion of community concerns would well serve everybody in the long run,” he stated.

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