APP Reporter Arrested as Asbury Park Protest Ends with Arrests, Clash with Police


ASBURY PARK, NJ – A night of peaceful protesting in Asbury Park ended with violence after protesters ignored the police departments’ request to disperse.  An Asbury Park Press reporter covering the protest was caught in the mix and arrested by police.  Moments earlier, Asbury Park Police and protesters marched with solidarity.  At one point, Asbury Park Police officers even took a knee to show their support for the protest.

Asbury Park officials had set an 8 pm curfew ahead of the protest.   When protesters refused to disperse, the situation on the ground changed.

“I was arrested during the protest against police brutality in Asbury Park earlier tonight. I was just released from the Belmar PD headquarters with a summons for failing to obey an order to disperse,” Gustavo Martinez, a journalist for the newspaper.

The arrest of a journalist even caught the eye of Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.

Last night, an Asbury Park Press  reporter was arrested while covering protests. I know that officers face enormous challenges while maintaining order during a chaotic situation. But I’ve discussed this matter with local authorities and they will be dismissing the charge today,” said Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.

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