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RESCHEDULED 8/31: Justice for Eric Martin Jr. Protest @ Speedway
August 27, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
*** RESCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, 8/31. *** At Speedway, 535 Kenmore Avenue, Buffalo. (Please do not park in the Speedway lot.)
“Eric Martin Jr. went to Speedway at 535 Kenmore Avenue and purchased two lottery tickets. He won money, and like anyone else would, he went back the next day to redeem his winnings. The manager at Speedway tried to scan the ticket and it came back as “expired” but then accused him of stealing the ticket — she then called the Tonawanda Police Department. As they arrived, Eric asked them to check the video footage to see that he did purchase the two tickets that he returned with the night before. Instead of the TPD listening to him, they grabbed his arm and told him he needed to go with them to the police station. As Eric was in the store with his children, he suggested he could meet them there (as he has done NOTHING WRONG). The TPD demanded he come in their cop car, and when he refused, they beat him and took him anyways in front of his children. He was then stripped down and humiliated — JUST TO FIND OUT that he was correct in his claims once police did check the tapes. The manager at Speedway knew she was selling expired tickets, and caused this issue on her own. Although the police apologized to the family for their wrong doings, an apology is NOT ENOUGH. No one deserves to be BEATEN over asking them to check footage over a lottery ticket.