BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Myles Carter says he was giving an interview while peacefully protesting on Bailey Avenue on June 1 when he was tackled from behind by police.
"My civil rights were violated. I maintained a respectful distance and as a community we were conducting a peaceful protest in which grievances were being aired against the Buffalo Police Department," said Carter.
Moments later, three officers were hit by an SUV, right next to Carter. Since that night, he's continued protesting and calling for change within the Buffalo Police Department.
"I've worked with police officers before, I've tried to bring justice to our streets in different ways...those things haven't worked," said Carter.
He says he wants more criminal justice reform and wants to change the entire system, citing cases like Quentin Suttles. He lead a rally in MLK Park on Wednesday afternoon, urging them to shift the focus off of what happened to him.
"What I'm really concerned about is bringing justice to Deyanna Davis today," said Carter.
Davis is currently at the Erie County Holding Center charged with aggravated assault, possessing a weapon and stolen property. State Trooper Ron Ensminger that was injured in the crash is recovering at ECMC with a shattered pelvis and a broken leg.
"We're asserting that what occurred was an accident and we're demanding that she is released so that she can recuperate with her family until she has a fair day in court," said Carter.