Woman arrested during news interview at Black Lives Matter protest without any clear reason

An unnamed woman was arrested without any apparent cause during a protest in Rochester while giving an interview with a local TV news team. Photo / Twitter
An unnamed woman was arrested without any apparent cause during a protest in Rochester while giving an interview with a local TV news team. Photo / Twitter

A video has gone viral showing an activist being arrested while speaking to reporters at a Black Lives Matter protest. The unnamed protester was one of 74 detained in Rochester in western New York State.

The protest was held in the wake of the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Alton Sterling by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

She told reporters, "We don't need this exact format, we need us to come out in numbers, we need more Rochesters," before she was surrounded, arrested and led away.


TWC News reporter Tara Grimes, who took the now viral video, subsequently released footage of the female protester questioning the attending police officers in their riot gear.
While standing in the middle of the street, which had been cleared of protesters, she shouted: "I need answers, There are so many cops out here but but zero answers.

It is not known why she was arrested but she was released from custody the next day.
Included in those arrested were two black journalists who were covering the event for ABC TV news.

They were present when police began to clear a street of protesters but no other journalists, photographers or onlookers at the scene were detained by police.

- NZ Herald

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