More than a dozen protesters arrested, charged at Rockford City Market for second week in a row

Published: Aug. 7, 2020 at 10:36 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A light turnout for the return of Rockford City Market, which took a week off due to to protests. However it was a big turnout for protesters Friday evening as the market returned. Another peaceful demonstration quickly turned aggressive with some protesters taken away in handcuffs.

Earlier today, Rockford Police said Joe Marino Park, on the corner of East State and Water Streets would be the designated area for protesters. But said those who cause a breach of peace or infringe on other’s rights would be subject to arrest.

Protesters began walking in a loop across East State Street, blocking traffic. That’s when police stepped in. Pepper spray was used and by the end of the night, more than a dozen people, including leader Leslie Rolfe were taken into police custody. The Rockford Police Department says the following people were arrested and charged.

  • Rolfe, Leslie James: Disorderly Conduct
  • King, Valerie Nichole: Resisting an Officer, Disorderly Conduct
  • Penix, Aija Jekiya: Disorderly Conduct
  • Patterson, Terry Alan: Resisting an Officer, Disorderly Conduct
  • Wheat, Adam Richard: Resisting an Officer
  • Perez, Ariel Juan: Resisting an Officer
  • Leber, Madalyn Rose: Obstructing an Officer, Resisting an Officer
  • Sayarath, Michael Tee: Obstructing an Officer
  • Walston, Larissa Erin: Resisting an Officer, Disorderly Conduct
  • Rufus, Antoine Lamont: Resisting an Officer
  • Karsten, Ashley Jennifer: Resisting an Officer

All the above individuals posted bail and were released from custody. The individuals listed below remain in custody with no bond.

  • Floyd, Dsire Nabree: Sale/Use Blackjack, Mob Action, Resisting an Officer, Disorderly Conduct; NO BOND
  • Nabors, Keivion Marice: Resisting an Officer, Resisting an Officer X2, Criminal Trespass to Land; NO BOND
  • Cassinelli, Eli Lukas: Agg Battery to Peace Officer, Resisting an Officer, Mob action/Fail to withdraw; NO BOND

Members with the May 30th Alliance are calling for police brutality to be investigated from the events on May 30 as well as last weeks protests.

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Protesters say they plan to continue attending City Market to have their voices heard. 23 News reached out to Rockford Police for comment. They are not releasing information at this time.

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