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A protest over the killing of George Floyd in Asbury Park, New Jersey on June 1, 2020. Photo courtesy of More Monmouth Musings.

Asbury Park Press reporter sues over protest arrest

By Nikita Biryukov, July 13 2020 11:56 am

An Asbury Park Press reported who was arrested covering a Black Lives Matter protests in the shore town sued the city Monday.

Gustavo Martínez Contreras, 40, filed the suit in federal court, claiming Asbury Park, Belmar, Monmouth County, Asbury Park Police Capt. Amir Bercovicz and a number of unnamed police officers violated his first amendment rights.

“I’m filing this lawsuit because a press badge should not be a bullseye,” Martinez said in a statement. “On June 1, while I was live-streaming police misconduct in Asbury Park for the Asbury Park Press, police targeted me, yelled ‘F— him, he’s the problem!’ and then officers tackled me, slapped my phone out of my hand and took me to jail.”

Martínez Contreras was tackled by police and arrested while covering a June 1 protest in Asbury Park.

The lawsuit was first reported by the Asbury Park Press.

Former House candidate Goutam Jois, of Siegel Teitelbaum & Evans, LLP, and by Shireen Barday, Andrew Bernstein, Abiel Garcia, Cate Harding, Kate Lee, Marjorie McLean, Steven Spriggs and Connor Sullivan of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

2020.07.13 -- Complaint and Exhibits
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