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Assemblyman among 15 arrested at Rochester eviction protest

December 19, 2020 GMT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — At least 15 people were arrested, including a state assemblyman, at an eviction protest Friday night, Rochester police said.

WHEC-TV reports Clianda Florence-Yarde stopped paying her rent a year ago due to substandard living conditions.

Assemblyman Demond Meeks recorded the arrest on his phone and posted it on Facebook.

Meeks joind advocates who said tenants like Florence-Yarde should not be evicted during the pandemic.

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren called for the charges to be dropped against the woman as well as “those demonstrating for justice.”

“The last thing the courts should be doing is putting people out in the cold,” the mayor said in a statement.

Rochester police issued a statement saying officers had “no discretion in this matter” and had to enforce a city court order after the woman failed to vacate her home with her children.

Those arrested Friday were issued tickets to appear in city court at a later date, WHEC-TV reported.