Debevoise & Plimpton associate Justin Maffett was arrested along with a handful of other peaceful demonstrators at the intersection of 81st and Park Ave in Manhattan on June 5. Maffett was leading a vigil in protest of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers in late May.
According to NYPD statistics, there were nearly 2,500 arrests and detentions related to the protests between May 28 and June 7, including 1,349 summonses for curfew violations—a class B misdemeanor that carries a criminal record and potential six-month prison sentence. Over 60% of the curfew-related summonses were issued to Black or Latinx people in that time period, and Maffett was among them.
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