Rome protestors plead not guilty to resisting arrest during rally against police brutality

Two people appeared in court Monday to answer charges connected to a police brutality protest in Rome on Oct. 2.

Posted: Nov 9, 2020 5:50 PM
Updated: Nov 9, 2020 5:54 PM

ROME, N.Y. – Two people appeared in court Monday to answer charges connected to a police brutality protest in Rome on Oct. 2.

Brendan Dunn and Elyssa Bolt both pleaded not guilty to resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration. Dunn also pleaded not guilty to tampering.

After police were called to Guyer Field in Rome on Oct. 1, where about 200 people were gathered, officers had to detain several people when a brawl broke out.

Rome police had to call other agencies in to help control the crowd of teens and young adults, who had met at the park for a football game organized over social media.

A day later, protestors rallied for an investigation into alleged misconduct by authorities during the Guyer Field incident.

During the protest, Dunn and Bolt both say they were grabbed by police.

“We held a peaceful protest five weeks ago that the police chose to attack violently with excessive force. They grabbed three people and I was one of them,” said Bolt.

Dunn says he was filming during the protest.

“There were people pushed to the ground. There was a young man, a teenager given a black eye by police. I was basically filming the police, documenting things. I was grabbed, thrown on the ground and police were kneeling on my back -- I was gasping for air,” he said.

A third suspect was also charged at the protest, but did not show up to answer charges Monday.

Follow-up court appearances have not yet been scheduled.

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