Atlantic City rioting

After a peaceful day of protests May 31, rioters started destroying storefronts throughout Atlantic City.

ATLANTIC CITY — Seventeen people were arrested Sunday during vandalism and looting after a peaceful protest in response to the death of George Floyd in police custody.

Floyd died May 25 after he was arrested in Minneapolis and an officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Protesters nationwide have called for an end to police brutality.

Sunday’s protest in Atlantic City began and ended at the Police Department’s Public Safety Building, with officers walking, engaging and kneeling with those in attendance, police said in a news release.

However, as the protest ended, police said a group of rioters walked along Atlantic Avenue breaking windows, damaging property and stealing merchandise of local businesses.

Those arrested include:

Naim Nixon, 28, of Absecon, was charged with riot, resisting arrest and violation of an emergency order.

Carlos Marchett, 30, of Atlantic City, was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, riot and violation of an emergency order.

Darlene Garrison, 50, of Atlantic City, was charged with riot and theft.

Dougie Debery, 22, of Atlantic City, was charged with riot.

Jamaal Johnson, 20, of Atlantic City, was charged with riot, burglary and violation of an emergency order.

Michael Black, 30, of Atlantic City, was charged with riot, contempt of court and violation of an emergency order.

Tyrone Keyes, 37, of Atlantic City, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, riot, resisting arrest and violation of an emergency order.

Joshua Cruz, 21, of Camden, was charged with burglary.

Caneryn Carpenter, 20, of Clementon, Camden County, was charged with riot, resisting arrest, obstruction of justice and violation of an emergency order.

Jared Stewart, 29, of Egg Harbor Township, was charged with riot and violation of an emergency order.

Joey Osias, 21, of Egg Harbor Township, was charged with riot, burglary and violation of an emergency order.

Elliot Handy, 23, of Galloway Township, was charged with criminal mischief, obstruction of justice and violation of an emergency order.

Akissa Johnson, 21, of Jersey City, was charged with riot, burglary, theft and violation of an emergency order.

Nydurrah Richardson, 25, of Lindenwold, Camden County, was charged with burglary and violation of an emergency order.

Dallas Holden, 24, of Pleasantville, was charged with riot, burglary, theft and violation of an emergency order.

Stephen Lewis, 37, of Vineland, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, obstruction of justice, hindering apprehension, burglary, possession of burglary tools, theft and violation of an emergency order.

Joshua Escobar, 25, of West New York, Hudson County, was charged with riot, burglary, theft and violation of an emergency order.

Police are still collecting surveillance video and are accepting personal camera footage to identify and charge people who engaged in criminal activity, police said. In addition, Mayor Marty Small Sr. and Emergency Management Director Scott Evans declared a local disaster emergency in effect from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day until Monday.

Police said anyone with additional information can contact the department’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-347-5766 or anonymously text tip411, 847411, beginning the text with ACPD.

Contact: 609-272-7241

mbilinski@pressofac.com

Twitter @ACPressMollyB

Staff Writer

My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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